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Crocodiles Are the Best Animals of All! (Time to Read) Hardcover – September 22, 2009

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Series: Time to Read
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books (September 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845079043
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845079048
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 8.8 x 10.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,084,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 3—A contented donkey reclining at the beach declares, "nothing is better than being a donkey!" The crocodile snorkeling nearby begs to differ, setting in motion a chain of events in which the crocodile is challenged by a variety of animals to prove that he is the best. Moving through mountains and deserts, the crocodile out climbs a goat and out hops a kangaroo. Humorous color cartoon spreads feature animals wearing boots, sunglasses, swim trunks, and a peculiar cow-shaped inner tube. The crocodile outdoes every animal he meets, until the donkey realizes that he can do something the earless reptile cannot. Playful rhyming text, zany illustrations, and a satisfying conclusion result in a hilarious read-aloud.—Lisa Glasscock, Columbine Public Library, Littleton, CO
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This is a great book for reading aloud, it just bounces along with clear resounding rhymes. It is very funny and the illustrations have a little of the madness of Quentin Blake's pictures of Roald Dahl's enormous crocodile. The moral goes down with a spoonful of sugar! -- Irish Post

Children of three and up will love it. --Financial Times

The same age group (toddlers) will love Crocodiles Are the Best which was short-listed for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize. --Sunday Express (UK)

With its big, colourful illustrations and bouncy text this book is bags of fun and literally begs to be read in silly voices. We loved the expressive animal characters, escpecially the amazingly talented Mr Crocodile. The pictures are bright and detailed so there are lots of possibilities for talking round them as well as reading the story straight through. The jolly, rhyming text races along so is entertaining for all readers. Personally I hope this book will be a regular with our baby daughter for years to come. --Carousel (UK)

One to Watch: A vibrantly illustrated read aloud treat, shortlisted for the Dahl Funny Prize --Bookseller, February 19, 2010

This narrative in rhyme is a satisfying read from start to finish. Illustration, text and typography work well enough together to draw the reader in and keep them captivated. There's enough detail in the illustrations to engage and amuse us, not least in the expressions on the faces of the animals as they watch, aghast, the audacity of crocodile boasting about how he can everything they can, only better. --Books for Keeps

Taylor and Shaw are perfectly paired in this vibrantly illustrated read aloud treat that was deservedly shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize. There is a gentle moral message, and I suspect it will stand any number of re-readings.' --Children's Bookseller

Sean Taylor's playful rhyme has a Julia Donaldson style charm to it and Hannah Shaw's toothy animals add to the fun as the boastful croc is forced to learn an important new skill - being humble! --Junior Magazine

One to Watch: A vibrantly illustrated read aloud treat, shortlisted for the Dahl Funny Prize --Bookseller

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Format: Hardcover
The preschoolers I teach really liked this story. Crocodile is very talented but learns in this story that nobody likes a show-off!! He seems to be able to do everything the other animals can do, until he gets to Donkey. See if the kids can guess why Crocodile can't perform Donkey's trick! The story teaches in a gentle way that everybody is good at something, but nobody's good at everything!I also like the rhyming text and very cute animals.
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