Synopses & Reviews
"What begins as an ordinary story of a young hero not fitting in with his peers takes an unexpected and rewarding detour in this debut from London-based author-illustrator Merino. The unnamed crocodile of the title hates being left out when his brothers and sisters swim, dive, and play games in the water, but he hates the water even more. Merino bypasses the obvious trajectory the story could take: while her hero gamely gives the water a chance, swimming with a red flotation ring and attempting a dive in an eight-panel spread ('One, twooo, two and a half, THREEEEE!'), these efforts don't result in instant conversion. Instead, readers discover that his 'problem' isn't attitude but biology there's a good reason this 'crocodile' came from a white egg, while his siblings emerged from blue ones. Merino's renderings, using monotype prints and other media, give her hero tons of personality, from his expressive eyes and scraggly teeth to his spindly limbs and tiny wings wait, wings? This isn't a book to embolden timid swimmers; rather, it celebrates recognizing one's strengths over forcing oneself to fit the mold. Ages 4 8. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Meet a most unusual crocodile! Everybody knows that crocodiles love water, but this little crocodile is different—he doesn't like it at all! He tries to his best to change, but when attempt at swimming causes a shiver then a sneeze—could it be that this little crocodile isn't a crocodile at all? A hilarious and uplifting story about being yourself from a talented debut author-illustrator!
About the Author
Gemma Merino was born in Spain. She children's illustration at Cambridge School of Art in England and won the prestigious Macmillan Prize for Children's Illustration in 2011 while completing her MA. She currently lives in London. This is her debut picture book.