THE BIG CROCODILE BOOK by Sally Grindley

THE BIG CROCODILE BOOK

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Age Range: 10 - 13
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 A cheery collection of verse, folktales, original stories, jokes, and miscellaneous facts about this rough-hewn reptile--seen as a calm predator in Carroll's ``How Doth the Little Crocodile''; as a friendly host in the Ugandan ``Hare and Crocodile'' (a visiting hare eats Crocodile's eggs); as a greedy fool in W. J. Corbett's ``Umbopa and the Crocodile''; and even, in the Punjabi ``The King of the Crocodiles,'' as a powerful magical being. Some entries (Hughes's classic ``Don't Blame Me'') are widely available, but most are not; each is printed in comfortably large type and illustrated, by nine artists, with colorful cartoons in different (but compatible) styles. The British slant is evident--Ian Whybrow's ``Cruel Miss Pring'' involves a double meaning that most Americans will miss (``Get into a crocodile!''); and the closing appeal to preserve endangered crocodilians seems included mostly as a matter of form. Still, a varied, inviting offering. (Anthology. 10-13)

Pub Date: July 15th, 1993
ISBN: 0-09-176382-7
Page count: 93pp
Publisher: Hutchinson/Trafalgar
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 1993




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