Synopses & Reviews
What would you do if you were settling down for a quiet bedtime story and you realized that a crocodile had fallen into your storybook and was — not to put too fine a point on it — wreaking havoc? Would you slam that book shut and cram it back onto the bookshelf? Or would you be brave enough to peek?
"This metafictional attempted telling of 'The Ugly Duckling' gets derailed when a louche crocodile intrudes and starts consuming the narrative from the inside ('Now he's gobbling up... whole words and sentences!'). Aided by the mousy gray duckling, the alarmed narrator tries to save the story, even enlisting readers' help to lull the crocodile to sleep or shake him from the book's pages. This is a lively read with many prompts for interactivity and a format that makes it a good choice for both lap reads and preschool circle time (it's hard to imagine the child that won't laugh when a giant pink crayon swoops in to give the sleeping croc a tutu and ballet slippers). Debut author Bromley stumbles with the wrapup to his self-referential story, closing with a weak 'Where do you think he'll turn up next?' Regardless, O'Byrne's crocodile is a personable antihero she underscores his disruptive nature by drawing him in a brash, aggressive style that contrasts mischievously with her soft, storybook duckling and her integration of typography and action is consistently ingenious. Ages 3 up." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
works in educational publishing. His collaboration with Nicola OByrne and Nosy Crow on the words for Open Very Carefully
is his publishing debut.
Nicola OByrne was banned from watching Saturday morning television by her parents and she has been drawing ever since. She grew up in Singapore surrounded by the vibrant colors of the tropics and had not even heard of illustration as a career before she discovered the Illustration course at Edinburgh College of Art. She has a masters in printmaking from Camberwell College of Art. Nicola OByrne gets most of her ideas for childrens books when she should be working on something else, and bases all of her characters on people she knows. She lives in England.