Lovable Lyle (Lyle the Crocodile) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-11-20 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 23 user ratings

" Would be good for teaching about the dangers of prejudice or judging a book by its cover. " said.

" Very cute, but long enough that my 5yo got tired of it and wanted to read something else. " said.

" I love Lyle. He is polite and charming. Some people are prejudging him because he is a crocodile. In the end, those that just thought he wasn't good because of who his realize they were very wrong. " said.

" This book has the best character names. The two leads are name Lyle and Clover Sue Hipple. I also like the artwork in this book; very graphic. I think it would make great T-shirt artwork. Story's OK but not good enough to entice me to keep the book. " said.

" Lyle gets anonymous hate mail that turns out to be from a little girl who feels he's stolen her friends. But of course everything turns out all right in the end. This was a good story, but maybe a bit mature for my four-year-old, who doesn't yet know the meaning of enemy or hate. " said.

" I loved Lyle growing up, although the sequel isn't quite as good as "The House on East 88th Street". I got the feeling while rereading this one that this story may not teach the best lesson, but I would still want to read it to my children. " said.

" I think this book is basically a thinly-disguised look at racism, and it can be used as a good springboard for discussion with younger children about acceptance and tolerance. Just because Lyle is an alligator, it doesn't mean you should hate him, little girl, even if your dad is some type of allig-racist! " said.

"Fabulous! So well done. In such a simple way, the words evoke the torment of the poison pen, and also the unpleasantness of the voice of neighbourly disapproval.

Lifeguard! Lifeguard! Do you permit crocodiles to bathe here?
Certainly not.
Well, it might interest you to know, there is a crocodile bathing out there, this very minute.

(boo! hiss!)

The illos are delightful. I recognise contemporaries in the style of this series... 1960s William Steig and John Burningham. So sure and straightforward, with a love of the floral pattern and wicker decorativeness of the mid-century everyman's home. (As to who influenced whom, I wouldn't like to say without researching. Burningham is the youngest by far.)
" said.

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