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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling (May 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402744609
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402744600
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 10 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,229,349 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1—A little boy and his father frolic in a pond on a lazy summer day. The child is "captain of the Crocodaddy hunt." He rides the creature, lures it with a sandwich, and splashes and giggles, but he doesn't succeed in taming the wild beast until he tickles its knees. The final spread shows the father restored to his human form, while the boy, "a little chip off the lazy old Croc," pretends to be the crocodile. Walker's vibrant colors and expressive characters bounce along with the percussive rhyming text, lending visual power to what could have been a one-note premise. This celebration of imaginative play holds appeal for children.—Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, MD
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About the Author

Kim Norman has over 25 years' experience as a singer, dancer, storyteller and comedic actress. She spends several weeks each summer teaching children how to develop their dramatic skills and has also written poems and other picture books. David Walker worked for Hallmark Cards as an art director. He now does freelance illustration and has illustrated many books.

More About the Author

Kim Norman's children's books have been published by Dial, Dutton, Sterling and Scholastic. Her books have been well-reviewed in publications such as the New York Times and Publishers Weekly, and have been distributed in Scholastic Book Fairs and take-home Club fliers. Kim has built a national reputation as a school presenter, having done author visits in more than a hundred schools around the country.

Kim is an actress and singer, and has been known to practice her time step in a grocery line. Her books often feature animals, which were a big part of her childhood. Family pets included unusual critters such as a squirrel, an iguana and a raccoon named Danny.

She lives in Smithfield, Virginia, with the REAL Crocodaddy (her husband of more than 25 years.) They're the parents of two grown sons and the grandparents of one very large, shaggy Newfoundland. www.kimnormanbooks.com

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Fun book to read aloud.
khoogenakker
We love the fact that it shows a fun and adventurous relationship between daddy and child (since EVERYONE lovvvvvvvveeeeessss daddy!
Amazon Customer
I love the rollicking rhymes and the colorful illustrations in this book.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Julie Peterson on July 12, 2009
Format: Hardcover
CROCODADDY by Kim Norman and illustrated by David Walker is just a precious little book for the toddler or preschooler in your life. When I first showed this book to my four year old son, he wanted me to read it to him right away because he liked the cover and the title. Like most little guys, he adores anything animal related and the thought of a little boy riding a crocodile was just too exciting.

The basic idea of this book is that a little boy and his daddy go to the lake together, and the boy pretends that his daddy is a crocodaddy. He then sets off on a hunt to capture the elusive crocodaddy. I love how the story encourages kids to use their imaginations while they play; and, I really liked the message that little boys and their fathers have special relationships. (That's not to say that my son and I don't have a bond, but I can't really see me pretending to be a crocodile.)

I had a great time reading this book to my son. The text is rhyming and very catchy, and there were only a few lines of words on each page. Lots of pictures and few words make this book ideal for preschoolers and perfect for reading out loud. While I enjoyed the story, I really appreciated the illustrations. The pictures were bright and colorful with lots to look at; and I loved the facial expressions on the boy.

When I asked my son what was his favorite part of this book, he immediately replied (with a huge grin) "Everything!" I tried to get some specifics, and he said he liked when the boy and his daddy were together at the end. He might say that was the best part for him, but I heard quite a few giggles when the boy fell in the water and when he fed the crocodaddy a sandwich. We've read this book a few times already, and it always manages to keep his attention.

I definitely recommend this adorable picture book for toddlers and preschoolers. I'm pretty sure that they will enjoy it as much as my son has, and I think parents will like reading it too!
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By Amazon Customer on June 12, 2009
Format: Hardcover
My four year old went nuts over this book! I mean really crazy over it. Of course what boy doesn't like crocodiles right? Especially when they include daddy!

We talked about crocodiles all day after! My three year old finally grabbed the book and it hidden in her room (of course I know where it is!) Even my one year old thinks the book is great!

We loved the illustrations in the book! It was captivating and creative. I love the way Walker hid the crocodaddy in there, and the fact that my son figured it out really showed me that this was a good book! We love the rhythmic words that keep them bouncing to it while we read it. We love the fact that it shows a fun and adventurous relationship between daddy and child (since EVERYONE lovvvvvvvveeeeessss daddy! )

I think Crocodaddy is a fantastic book for young children -- We've read it several days in a row now, and I think it will be going strong for a while!
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Format: Hardcover
This delightful book celebrates the love of father and son, as well as the power of imagination. The author's flawless rhymes, including a catchy, bouncy refrain, make it an especially pleasing read-aloud. Kim Norman's text hints that the game of Crocodaddy vs. "captain of the Crocodaddy hunt" is all in the boy's imagination; David Walker's illustrations complete the fantasy in gorgeous, saturated blues and greens that seem to splash off the page. Our first glimpse of Dad in bright yellow swim trunks is followed by many views of a playful, non-threatening crocodile in the same yellow trunks. This is a perfect Father's Day, summer picture book.
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By Joe Kulka on March 18, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Or any other day for that matter. Finding a picturebook geared just for Dads is hard to do, let alone a great one like this. This book really captures that magical time when your kids are young enough to really let their imaginations take hold. The poetry is lively and keeps the story moving along. The illustrations are a great match. This would be a perfect choice for any Dad to get on Father's Day from their young son or daughter...and then hit the pool and transform into a Crocodaddy themselves!
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Mommies are for lovin', Daddies are for playin'. This playful rolling text celebrates that Daddy bond with just the right mix of fun and danger...with art that captures the buttery colors of summer. Not just for Father's Day... :oD
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