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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 660L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (August 13, 1975)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395199700
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395199701
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 8 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Illustrations have verve and are a perfect complement to the story. Highly recommended." School Library Journal

About the Author

Bernard Waber, who has written eight delightful books about Lyle the Crocodile, a little boy named Ira, and a firefly named Torchy, is the author of more than seventeen picture books for children. Widely praised by reviewers for his ability to describe common family problems, he is best loved by children for his freeflowing humor and gentle characters.

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"This is Mr. Waber. Mr. Waber is the man who writes those stories about Lyle the Crocodile" is sometimes the way I am introduced to a child. We greet each other, the child and I, and I begin to imagine disappointment in the wide-eyed gaze. Perhaps there was an expectation the "real" Lyle would leap out from behind this not-unusual-looking author. It is tempting but I resist becoming Lyle and behaving in some ingratiating fashion to desperately compensate for the absent crocodile hero. I offer, instead, to show off some of my Lyle memorabilia, a collection acquired mostly through the generosity of good-humored friends and readers.

My own early efforts at drawing were mostly confined to the laborious copying of photographs of film stars and other celebrities. I received respectable grade in art classes during my school years but doubt I thought it seriously indicated a career direction. Perhaps art seemed too frivolous for one raised during the Depression. Besides, I grew up a rather earnest young man and chose instead to major in finance at the University of Pennsylvania. After just one year of schooling, World War II interrupted those rather high-minded plans. Perhaps it was moving about, meeting people of various backgrounds and experience -- I don't recall a precise moment--but somehow during those army days my interest shifted to drawing and painting.

Returning to civilian life, I discarded high finance for enrollment at the Philadelphia College of Art. It was a decision I never regretted. During the four years I attended school I found great joy in painting and drawing. Soon after graduating, and newly married,

Ethel and I moved to New York, a city we loved at once and still do. I celebrated that feeling with the eventual publication of The House on East 88th Street (1962). My first

New York employment was in the promotion department of Condé Nast Publications, and although I continued in the magazine field for many years, writing and illustrating children's books was my primary interest since 1961.

My involvement with children's books originated with some illustrations of children I carried in my art portfolio. Several art directors suggested that my drawings seemed suited for children's books. At the same time, I was also having read-aloud sessions with my own three children. I am afraid enthusiasm for "their" books began, in fact, to cause them occasional discomfort. "Daddy, why don't you look at the grownups' books" they chided. Before too long I was mailing out stories and ideas to publishers. Rejections followed but after a time a cheery encouragement arrived from Houghton Mifflin Company, and to my delight, a contract was offered for Lorenzo.

In one way or another, I seem to find myself thinking of children's books most of the time. I even enjoy the period in between books for it is then (I hope) that I am susceptible to all manner of adventurous thought. I've never been good at thinking at the typewriter. I seem to write best when in motion. Trains, subways, even elevators seem to shake ideas loose in my head. Although I write and illustrate, I believe if I had to choose between the two, I would choose writing. There's a freedom about writing that appeals to me. You can do it almost anywhere--and I have.

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It is a truly wonderful childrens book.
kay sayer
In this book, Mr. and Mrs. Primm and their son, Joshua move into a new apartment on E. 88th Street in NYC.
R. J Metz
The book is very cute w/ humorous details adults can enjoy as well.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By kay sayer on April 8, 2000
Format: Paperback
The story of Lyle the crocodile who is discovered in the bathtub when Joshua and his family move into their new home. My mother first read this book to me when I was four years old. I am now 35! It is a truly wonderful childrens book. One of those that lingers in your memory as a world you inhabited as a child. Myself and my sisters adored the Lyle books and we are now buying them for our families. Endearing, amusing, full of the joys and sadnesses of life. Lyle is a childs world through a crocodiles eyes. Try them all. You and your children (of all ages) will love them!.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 12, 2003
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I first read Bernard Waber's The House on East 88th Street as a child and was capitivated by Lyle the Crocodile. How I loved this story about a bright green crocodile living in a bathtub in a New York City brownstone.Though frightened at first, the Primm family is won over by their housemate. Lyle is amazing, he takes out the trash, brings in the milk, (this book was first published in 1962!)helps around the house, and loves a nice, hot bath complete with Turkish caviar! (We could all use a Lyle) The story of Lyle does not end here; Waber went on to write seven more titles about this lovable creature. Out of all the Lyle books, this is his best-known. This charming children's classic is suitable for small children between the ages of four and eight.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 8, 1999
Format: Paperback
I had a copy of this book when I was a child, and it was one of my favorites. It is a delight in every way, from its whimsical illustrations to its gently humorous treatment of a family who just happen to find a crocodile in the bathtub of their new home. I highly recommend this book to any parent with children, or any adults who wish they had children.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Breeni Books on December 3, 2007
Format: Paperback
Originally published in 1962, The House on East 88th Street is the first Lyle the Crocodile book by Bernard Waber. The House on East 88th Street opens with the Primm family moving into their new home, decorating and unpacking. Mrs. Primm opens the bathroom door to find a crocodile soaking in the tub! Just as Mr. and Mrs. Primm are in the midst of panic, young Joshua Primm finds a man by the name of Signor Valenti at the front door with a note, explaining that he is leaving Lyle with the family and will be back later. In the meantime, Lyle has emerged from the bathroom and is ready to perform some of his trademark acrobatics to impress the Primms.

Lyle settles in with the Primms and becomes part of the family. They take him everywhere they go, and he integrates well into society. When his tricks begin to attract the public's attention, Signor Valenti returns to retreive his stage partner and collect the profits for himself. Will the Primms ever see Lyle again?

Being the introduction to Lyle the Crocodile, The House on East 88th Street is a bit rough and unpolished. The illustrations aren't as colorful and smooth as those in later releases, and the storyline lacks the moral undertone of Lovable Lyle. However, it provides some important background on how Lyle came to live with the Primms. It's still a fun story and my children didn't enjoy it any less than Lovable Lyle. In this case, I would even suggest readers to might want to begin with a newer Lyle book and read The House on East 88th Street afterward. Regardless, Lyle the Crocodile is a classic character that continues to entertain children decades after his initial publication.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sanguine on July 24, 2005
Format: Hardcover
What would you do if you found that your new house came with an unexpected tenant - a caviar-eating crocodile named Lyle? This story tells the tale of an unlikely friendship with humor and sensitivity. A wonderful book to share with even the youngest of children.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Schonbek on April 26, 2012
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Croc actually.

In the bath tub.

Unbeknownst to the Primm family, "Mr. and Mrs. Joseph F. Primm and their young son Joshua", to be exact.

But not to Hector P. Valenti, "Star of stage and screen", who delivers a mysterious note identifying the reptile as Lyle, (the crocodile), and noting that he will eat only Turkish caviar (Lyle that is, not Hector P. Valenti).

So this vintage, utterly bizarre and absolutely delightful tale gets underway.

There's something about all this that anticipates the work of William Steig, but without its sometime darkness.

Lyle is lovable, endearing, and will delight kids in the 21st century just as he did in the one that went before.

Parents too...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By First Run on February 21, 2012
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This book has meant so much to generations in my family. A wonderful tale that children enjoy reading and hearing over and over again....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Moore on November 10, 2011
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These are some of the best children's books ever. The pictures are sweet and Lyle is an absolutely great character.
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