The Carnivorous Crocodile
By Jonnie Wild; illustrated by Brita Granstrom
Published: 1 February 2018
Supporting the wildlife conservation in Africa
This bright and creatively illustrated picture book is a light-hearted, amusing story which will entertain children and adults. Written in short, repetitive sections, this book introduces a new animal with every page turn. In this book, animals attempt to enter a waterhole where a carnivorous crocodile resides, claiming it to himself. They use clever tactics to convince him that they cannot be eaten. The illustrations are a unique mix of well-animated animals with expressive faces and childlike colouring in of the ground and the lake. This makes the book more accessible for children, encouraging their creativity, as the natural blend makes scribbling become artistic.
Learning and enjoyment
The story considers themes of sharing, community and problem-solving. Children will learn how use the combined strength of their community to help with their problems, rather than shying away from them or fighting back. They will enjoy the comradery felt between the animals and learn to apply it to everyday situations, sharing and allowing other people to become a part of their friendship group. From learning the names of different animals, children will sympathise with them and hopefully want to protect and support them. At the end of the story, there are some facts about two of the key animals in the book, which serves to educate children that not all crocodiles are bad and not all flamingos are pink.
Thank you to Otter-Barry Books for the advance reader copy in exchange for an honest review.
Read my reviews in Practical Pre-School magazine, as well.