Akimbo and the Crocodile Man (Akimbo Series)

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A rousing new Akimbo adventure for young readers from bestselling author Alexander McCall Smith

Akimbo has handled lions and elephants in his home in the plains of southern Africa, but his newest adventure pits him against even deadlier beasts — crocodiles! When a visiting crocodile expert invites Akimbo along on a field study, Akimbo doesn’t realize the danger awaiting them. After a crocodile attacks the guide, will Akimbo be able to cross a ...

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Overview

A rousing new Akimbo adventure for young readers from bestselling author Alexander McCall Smith

Akimbo has handled lions and elephants in his home in the plains of southern Africa, but his newest adventure pits him against even deadlier beasts — crocodiles! When a visiting crocodile expert invites Akimbo along on a field study, Akimbo doesn’t realize the danger awaiting them. After a crocodile attacks the guide, will Akimbo be able to cross a crocodile-infested river and jump-start a truck in order to get help?

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In a third paper-over-board tale, Akimbo and the Crocodile Man by Alexander McCall Smith, illus. by LeUyen Pham, the young hero who lives on the edge of an African game reserve (PW called the launch title a "fast-paced tale") must find help for a crocodile expert after the man is attacked by one of his specimens. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Akimbo's third adventure resembles his earlier experiences. A straightforward plot, spare storytelling and avuncular tone create a contemporary chapter book with an old-fashioned feel. Neither Akimbo's homeland nor his age is revealed, giving the story either a universal appeal or an oddly unfinished aspect, depending on your point of view. Akimbo is, as always, brave and clever. Intrigued by a zoologist studying crocodiles, Akimbo accompanies him while he works. When a crocodile attacks the scientist, Akimbo must find help. His success is never in question, making for very little real suspense in his dangerous trip through crocodile-infested waters. The convenient coincidences of his having recently learned how to hotwire an ignition and the arrival of one of his father's colleagues fit perfectly with the style of the series. Predictable but pleasant. (Fiction. 7-10)
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"Akimbo is a very brave little boy who keeps his wits about him even when he’s being stalked by a rhino." —New York Times Book Review
 
"Satisfying page-turners that celebrate kids’ curiosity, love of adventure, and capacity to care for the world they inhabit." —Parenting magazine
 
"The tale’s brevity, Smith’s concise writing and Pham’s evocative full-page half-tone illustrations make this an attractive choice for reluctant readers." —Publishers Weekly
 
"A straightforward plot, spare storytelling and avuncular tone create a contemporary chapter book with an old-fashioned feel." —Kirkus Reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582346922
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 4/4/2006
  • Series: Akimbo Series
  • Pages: 80
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.26 (w) x 7.61 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Alexander McCall Smith

Alexander McCall Smith has written more than 50 books, including the bestselling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency mysteries and The Sunday Philosophy Club. He has also written the previous two books in the Akimbo series. A professor of medical law at Edinburgh University, he was born in what is now Zimbabwe.

LeUyen Pham has illustrated numerous award-winning books for children, including Big Sister, Little Sister; Sing-Along Song; and Piggies in a Polka. She lives in San Francisco, California.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2006

    Enjoyable Tale From Africa

    As a children's author, I've admired Alexander McCall Smith's ability to write at all levels. This is the third in the series of children's books featuring Akimbo, a young boy who lives in Africa. Akimbo has saved elephants, raised a lion, and had other enjoyable adventures in his previous books. This time around, Akimbo is tangling with one of nature's snappiest creatures, the crocodile. When he tags along with a crocodile expert, Akimbo once again finds himself in a situation that requires some courage to act quickly. What I like about these books is not so much the plot, but the setting and the characters. You really care about Akimbo and the people in his world. A good read for young readers.

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