My Baby Crocodile Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-10-07 
Review Score: 3 out of 5 star From 4 user ratings

" Cybils nominee for Best Fiction Picture Book 2o16. " said.

" A humorous friendship/family story with incredible line drawings! " said.

" This crocodile is in serious need of a new eyeglasses prescription! " said.

" Awesome line drawings, interesting multiple perspectives, and a cute premise. This book tugs at my heartstrings in a way that just isn't fair. " said.

" A limited palette and stylized, cross-hatchy illustrations add to the distinctly European feel of this offbeat read. The look, the length, and the sinister/sweet interplay between the characters (not to mention the nudity) all make this one stand out for American readers. I'm honestly not sure if kids will go for it, but I'm interested in finding out. " said.

" Yet another quirky but delightful story by Doremus, who also wrote Empty Fridge. The story is told from both character's point of view. It starts with the crocodile, but being human-scentric, I assumed it was from the boy's POV at first. Ha! It is an interesting lesson in love, trust, and growing up. One caveat - there is one picture where the crocodile is holding an arm of a killed prey and there is blood on the ground. It isn't horrible but it might be startling to some kids. " said.

"This book is told from alternating perspectives - first a crocodile who thinks he's found a baby crocodile (which is really a boy in a knight's armor) and then the boy once he sheds his armor. It's funny to hear their thoughts and see their different interpretations of the situation. The end gets a little confusing because it changes perspectives rather quickly. It's a very creative book, but I'm not sure whether kids will understand what's going on.

Ages 4-8
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"The pictures are just perfect, communicating a wealth of information that the text leaves out. In fact, this is one of the few picture books where I have to stop reading and "narrate" the illustrations to make sure the listening audience understands what's going on. There are so many levels here, not just between what the words say and the pictures show, but also between what the crocodile thinks (the first narrator who tells the first part of the story), and what the boy knight thinks (the second narrator who continues the story). Then it gets all French and ends with a poignant reflection on the shifting dynamics of the parent-child relationship. I'm pretty sure no one in the listening audience got that since it would take a whole heck of a lot more than a fancy read aloud voice or an illustration explanation to convey. And dude. It's bedtime." said.

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