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The Unexpected Crocodileby Kim Kane
Synopses & Reviews
A truly delightful picture book about exploring color in one's surroundings
'A sweet book for children aged three to six, which teaches rainbow-specific hues as well as the days of the week.' —Books+Publishing
One Sunday, Esther spies a rainbow peeking out from under her chair . . . and then it's gone. She looks for colors in everything she sees, finding a different rainbow color each day of the week—but will she ever find her complete rainbow again? A warm and joyous family story about exploring the world, from two award-winning creators.
"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 entrÃ©e, this is a promising introduction to farce. Ages 3 — 5." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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!
About the Author
Kim Kane is the author of Pip: The Story of Olive and The Vegetable Ark. Sara Acton is an artist.
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