Akimbo and the Crocodile Man (Akimbo Series)
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Akimbo and the Crocodile Man (Akimbo Series)

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by Alexander McCall Smith, LeUyen Pham
     
 

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When a visiting croc expert invites Akimbo along on a field study, Akimbo is thrilled. But when the crocodiles attack the guide, injuring him gravely, it will be up to Akimbo to cross a crocodile-infested river and jump start a truck to bring back help. A rousing new Akimbo adventure from bestselling author Alexander McCall Smith. Ages 7 to 9.

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Overview

When a visiting croc expert invites Akimbo along on a field study, Akimbo is thrilled. But when the crocodiles attack the guide, injuring him gravely, it will be up to Akimbo to cross a crocodile-infested river and jump start a truck to bring back help. A rousing new Akimbo adventure from bestselling author Alexander McCall Smith. Ages 7 to 9.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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)
From the Publisher

“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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781582346922
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
04/04/2006
Series:
Akimbo Series
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
5.26(w) x 7.61(h) x 0.43(d)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

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.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Edinburgh, Scotland
Date of Birth:
August 24, 1948
Place of Birth:
Zimbabwe
Website:
http://www.randomhouse.com/features/mccallsmith/index.html

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