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The Unexpected Crocodile

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Publisher Comments:

A funny cautionary tale about a crocodile who comes to tea

Peggy's family is hosting a barbecue for their neighbors, the Dawsons. Peggy isn't too sure about those Dawson boys. But she's delighted when an unexpected crocodile invites himself to tea—with unexpected consequences!

Review:

"In this Australian divertissement written with an apparent nod to children who have wished their parents' tiresome guests would disappear, a well-mannered crocodile in a red bowtie shows up on the front steps of Peggy's house one wet evening. 'Good evening,' the crocodile says. 'I hear you're having the Dawsons for dinner. May I join you?' Peggy's parents are delightfully dimwitted ('You're not Jack Dawson, are you?' Peggy's mother says), while Mrs. Dawson's reports of her three sons' excellent behavior are given the lie by the boys themselves. 'You can have your cole slaw back,' says Sam, the oldest Dawson son. 'We'll all have Mum's croquembouche — and make it snappy.' Acton's mad-dash, cartoon-style illustrations bear a family resemblance to Quentin Blake's; their light touch is nicely suited to Kane's pokerfaced storytelling. When the crocodile dispatches Mrs. Dawson, it's just the beginning of a series of Dawson-centric meals for the animal. Even more perversely, Peggy's mother is envious: 'What's so special about the Dawsons?' she wonders. If readers don't mind the crocodile's choice of entrée, this is a promising introduction to farce. Ages 3 — 5." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Kim Kane is the author of Pip: The Story of Olive and The Vegetable Ark. Sara Acton is an artist.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781742378077
Author:
Kane, Kim
Publisher:
Allen and Unwin
Author:
Acton, Sara
Subject:
Animals - Alligators & Crocodiles
Subject:
Children s Animals-Animal Stories-Alligators and Crocodiles
Edition Description:
Hardback - picture book
Publication Date:
20131031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from P up to K
Language:
English
Pages:
32
Dimensions:
11 x 9 in
Age Level:
from 3 up to 5

Related Subjects

Children's » Animals » Alligators and Crocodiles
Children's » Humor
Children's » Picture Books » A to Z

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this Australian divertissement written with an apparent nod to children who have wished their parents' tiresome guests would disappear, a well-mannered crocodile in a red bowtie shows up on the front steps of Peggy's house one wet evening. 'Good evening,' the crocodile says. 'I hear you're having the Dawsons for dinner. May I join you?' Peggy's parents are delightfully dimwitted ('You're not Jack Dawson, are you?' Peggy's mother says), while Mrs. Dawson's reports of her three sons' excellent behavior are given the lie by the boys themselves. 'You can have your cole slaw back,' says Sam, the oldest Dawson son. 'We'll all have Mum's croquembouche — and make it snappy.' Acton's mad-dash, cartoon-style illustrations bear a family resemblance to Quentin Blake's; their light touch is nicely suited to Kane's pokerfaced storytelling. When the crocodile dispatches Mrs. Dawson, it's just the beginning of a series of Dawson-centric meals for the animal. Even more perversely, Peggy's mother is envious: 'What's so special about the Dawsons?' she wonders. If readers don't mind the crocodile's choice of entrée, this is a promising introduction to farce. Ages 3 — 5." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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