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Solomon Crocodileby Catherine Rayner
Synopses & Reviews
In his swampy home, Solomon is looking for fun but nobody wants to play. The dragonflies tell him to buzz off, the storks get in a flap, and the hippo is downright huffy. But then somebody else starts making a ruckus . . . and for once it is NOT Solomon. Could it be the perfect pal for a lonely croc? Matching vibrant art with rollicking words, Scottish artist Catherine Rayner has created a funny, reassuring story about a rambunctious youngster who chases off the friends hes trying to make.
"Short, sweet, and tailor-made for story time, this perfectly paced tale of jungle mischief introduces a toddlerlike crocodile, Solomon, whose definition of 'fun' is what other animals would probably label 'annoying.' In quick succession, Solomon 'splats and slops through the mud to make the frogs jump,' then 'shakes the bulrushes and bugs the dragonflies,' and 'decides to stalk the storks. They get in such a flap!' Each time, the animals send him away ('Go away, Solomon. You're nothing but a nuisance'), especially the 'biggest hippo in the river,' who proves no easy target. 'Go away! You're nothing but trouble!' the hippo roars, as Solomon instantly goes from gleeful to terrified. Luckily for Solomon, he's not one of a kind, and his discovery of a like-minded crocodile signals the arrival of a friend — and 'double trouble' for the animal kingdom. Greenaway Medalist Rayner (Harris Finds His Feet) offers a playful hero with expressive eyes, a sly smile and paint-spattered skin. Parents with willful and rambunctious kids may groan, but the book has the makings of a readaloud hit. Ages 2 — 6." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Catherine Rayner lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, and is the creator of Harris Finds His Feet, winner of the 2009 Kate Greenaway Medal in the U.K.
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