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What Time Is It, Mr. Crocodile? Paperback – June 1, 2007
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PreSchool-Grade 3–Two picture-book talents join forces for some memorable monkey business in this entertaining tale. In the introductory spread, Mr. Crocodile lays out his intended schedule for the next day, but his best-laid plans go awry when the monkeys arrive. Sierra again demonstrates her considerable storytelling skill with a series of deftly rhymed answers to the repeated title question: "Time to take a quick look/for a recipe book./HURRY UP! HURRY UP!/I've got monkeys to cook." Although the story is vaguely reminiscent of several folktales involving cross crocodiles and mischievous monkeys, Mr. Crocodile ultimately shows a soft spot that compromises his traditionally sinister persona. The story ends with him revising his daily planner to reflect his new attitude toward the simian smart alecks. Cushman departs from his signature style of watercolor cartoons in favor of a more sophisticated impressionistic technique using vivid acrylics. This bolder, brighter medium and method depict the action and hilarity even more effectively than his past work. The details, of course, make all the difference, such as the inclusion of a clock in each full-bleed spread with the time corresponding to Mr. Croc's original schedule. Pair this with Sierra's Counting Crocodiles (Gulliver, 1997) for even more fun with this reptilian rogue and his pesky primate counterparts, or with Joan M. Lexau and Cushman's Crocodile and Hen (HarperCollins, 2001) for another tale of a crocodile befriending his intended dinner.–Sean George, Memphis-Shelby County Public Library & Information Center, Memphis, TN
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PreS-Gr. 1. By the light of the moon, Mr. Crocodile pecks away on a typewriter, preparing a list of "Things to Do Tomorrow." Kids may be disappointed to see crocodiles doing the same boring stuff humans do: waking up, eating breakfast, shopping, taking a bath. But the list takes on a decidedly reptilian flavor at four, five, and six o'clock, when it is revealed that Mr. Crocodile intends to catch, cook, and eat "those pesky monkeys" that have been annoying him. Cushman's humorous double-page spreads show the croc gamely trying to follow his agenda despite the quintet of mischievous monkeys, who start each hour by teasingly chanting, "What TIME is it, Mr. Crocodile?" Sierra's bouncy rhyming text will make this a fun read-aloud, and the clocks that appear prominently in every spread can be used to introduce or reinforce the concepts of time and following a schedule. Lauren Peterson
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The illustrations are very detailed and every time we read it, we notice new things in them. On each page is an analog clock showing the time and my daughter has now learned to look at the clock and tell the even hours. The only negative of the clock faces is that some of them are Roman Numerals, which she didn't understand and doesn't fit with the rest of the book, so it would've been better to have them all be traditional numbers. The digital clock times are also featured on Mr. Crocodile's to do list so they can see it in both forms. Overall, this is a cute and fun story to help your child start to tell time. Just be aware that it's only "o'clock" even hours, not quarter or half hours.