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The Crocodile Blues Hardcover – August 28, 2007

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Coleman Polhemus, who says he can’t remember a time when he didn’t draw, has worked in commercial illustration and produced fine art in a variety of media. Born in Alabama, he currently lives in Australia.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (August 28, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076363543X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763635435
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.6 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,675,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This is a delightful children’s book. The book uses very few words with most of them used as sound effects. It has many flip open pages that make the book tall on some pages and wide on others. But the most interesting aspect of the book is the use of color. The book uses only five colors: black, white, gray, yellow and blue. I found the creative way the artist used these colors made the book very enjoyable to explore. In fact, it was this use of color on the cover that made me pick up the book in the first place. But a book is more than art, it needs story and this book has a very fun and easy to follow adventure any child (and adult) would enjoy.
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This book inspired one of my two year old son's favorite games, hide from the crocodile (now he's two and a half and it's still a favorite). We hide somewhere, usually under a blanket, and then listen. He says, "I hear a crack sound!" The crocodile is coming and then there is lots of tension and excitement, much like in the book. We originally checked it out from the library, but he talked about it for so long after we returned it that we decided to add it to our permanent library. The book manages to create palpable tension without being scary and I love the quirky ending.
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This book is adorable and I'm surprised it never got any critical attention. The author/illustrator does a fantastic job of conveying a completely original story with barely any words and just a few colors.
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This book is a huge hit at my sons daycare so I bought a copy to have a home. We love this book. This book is for those of you who enjoy improv. There are not a whole lot of words but rather images that invoke the imagination allowing you to make up the story. It is so much fun and our 2 year old frequently runs around talking about different parts of the story even when the book is out of site. Dont be surprised if you start hearing "Crack, Crack, Crack- it's a crocodile!" at random moments throughout the day. I hope it makes you smile as much as I do.
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The Crocodile Blues is an excellent picture book for reading with 3 to 6-year-olds. It has very few words. The story is told mainly by its pictures. That makes it wonderful for asking the listener what is going on in the story. The result is the listening child does most of the "reading". It is easy to involve the listener in the action. I scream each time the crocodile is shown, and my listeners quickly join in. They love the book and ask for it again and again.
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Really good book. With few words and lots of action, it's a great way to creatively interact with the children when "reading" it to them.
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