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Beware of the Crocodile Hardcover – March 12, 2019

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PreS-Gr 2—British conservation biologist Jenkins (Fabulous Frogs; Can We Save the Tiger?) teams up with Japanese illustrator Kitamura for a factual, funny, and frightening study of the lifespan of one of the world's most fearsome creatures. As Kitamura's grand and formidable crocodile moves from the title page to the first spread with jaws open wide, Jenkins's playful writing alleviates how frightening this subject can be: "If there's one thing you should know about crocodiles, it's that they're really scary—or at least the big ones are. They've got an awful lot of…teeth." Focusing on crocodiles' hunting and nesting patterns, the spare text is packed with information. When it is time for the crocodile to eat, the most gruesome parts are left off the page, but both text, rendered in different sizes, and illustrations give a sense of momentum and movement. This dramatic read-aloud contains occasional well-placed, offset crocodile facts, but stopping to read them doesn't disrupt the pacing. Kitamura's pen, watercolor, and mixed-media illustrations capture the animal's natural smile, adding personality, and the use of shadow and line adds tension as the animals sneak up on their prey. Back matter offers additional facts, including the difference between an alligator and a crocodile. VERDICT An engaging and enlightening classroom read-aloud, and a first purchase for libraries.—Danielle Jones, Multnomah County Library, OR


Wry narration from Jenkins (The Squirrels’ Busy Year) and dreamy illustrations by Kitamura (My Hand) elevate what could be a pedestrian animal exploration...It’s not just a good crocodile reference; it’s a good introduction to reference books.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“If there’s one thing you should know about crocodiles, it’s that they’re really scary,” begins this enticing picture-book overview of the toothy reptiles...With its measured, coy joy in the fierce details, this is the crocodile book that many kids have been waiting for, and it will end up on repeat as a readaloud and a readalone for many.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)

Kitamura’s mixed-media illustrations correspond with the text but include a bit of whimsy in extratextual features, such as the depiction of a nattily dressed crocodile scanning a restaurant menu of favored prey in the back matter. Chomp down on this one; there’s a lot of meat on these narrative bones.
—The Horn Book

It may be hard to love a crocodile but, by taking a humorous approach,
Beware of the Crocodile manages to make this fearsome reptile almost endearing. The combination of informative, non-judgemental text and delightful illustrations makes this a perfect gift for any child who loves animals.
—New York Journal of Books

As fascinating to read as it is fun to look at,
Beware of Crocodiles is fast-paced, full of facts, cool illustrations, and a dash of humor here and there, making this book educational and enjoyable.
—Reading Eagle (from Kendal Rautzhan's "Books to Borrow")

Martin Jenkins writes in a playful, informative way about crocs and their habit of waiting just below the surface of lakes and rivers for passers-by who stop to have a drink...Satoshi Kitamura’s expressive style of illustration is perfectly suited to presenting these toothy monsters, whose curved jaws look—almost—as if they are smiling.
—The Wall Street Journal
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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Candlewick; Illustrated edition (March 12, 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 32 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0763675385
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0763675387
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 5 - 8 years
  • Lexile measure ‏ : ‎ AD790L
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ Kindergarten - 3
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 15.2 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 10 x 0.31 x 10.94 inches
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