Synopses & Reviews
What a braggart is Crocodile! The animals watch in amazement as he demonstrates how he is "the best animal of all." He can climb better than Mountain Goat; he can hop higher than Kangaroo; he can even swing through the trees better than Orangutan. But Donkey thinks he knows of something that Crocodile can't do and sets out to prove it. Is it true? Crocodile says no: "I could eat you for breakfast with buttered toast!" he roars. This funny and colorful story by writer-performance artist Sean Taylor features vivid artwork by rising children's book artist Hannah Shaw.
"The titular assertion of this lighthearted story gets put to the test when a donkey, seen lounging by the sea, reflects that 'nothing is better than being a donkey!' This offends the honor of a nearby crocodile: ' 'I am better!' came a loud boast./ 'I could eat you for breakfast with buttered toast!' ' Animals gather to offer the crocodile challenges, but the reptile pulls off each task without a hitch swinging through the trees like an orangutan, eating grass like rabbits ('I nibble grass and seedlings and shoots!/ I even chomp up Wellington boots!'), and besting a goat at mountain-climbing before falling short in an unexpected area. Shaw's (Sneaky Weasel) anthropomorphized cartoon creatures have a hint of Steig about them. And while Taylor's (The Great Snake) goofy rhymes aren't strong on metric precision ('He bounced about like a basket ball,/ chuckling 'Crocodiles are the best animals of all!' ') they make up for it with pure exuberance. The crocodile's braggadocio and the poke in the ribs he gets at the end make this an amusing entry in the bedtime reading pile. Ages 3 6." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)