Crocodiles Are the Best Animals of All!

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What a braggart is Crocodile! The animals watch in amazement as he demonstrates how he is "the best animal of all." He can climb better than Mountain Goat; he can hop higher than Kangaroo; he can even swing through the trees better than Orangutan. But Donkey thinks he knows of something that Crocodile can't do and sets out to prove it. Is it true? Crocodile says no: "I could eat you for breakfast with buttered toast!" he roars. This funny and colorful story by writer-performance artist Sean Taylor features vivid...
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What a braggart is Crocodile! The animals watch in amazement as he demonstrates how he is "the best animal of all." He can climb better than Mountain Goat; he can hop higher than Kangaroo; he can even swing through the trees better than Orangutan. But Donkey thinks he knows of something that Crocodile can't do and sets out to prove it. Is it true? Crocodile says no: "I could eat you for breakfast with buttered toast!" he roars. This funny and colorful story by writer-performance artist Sean Taylor features vivid artwork by rising children's book artist Hannah Shaw.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The titular assertion of this lighthearted story gets put to the test when a donkey, seen lounging by the sea, reflects that “nothing is better than being a donkey!” This offends the honor of a nearby crocodile: “ 'I am better!' came a loud boast./ 'I could eat you for breakfast with buttered toast!' ” Animals gather to offer the crocodile challenges, but the reptile pulls off each task without a hitch—swinging through the trees like an orangutan, eating grass like rabbits (“I nibble grass and seedlings and shoots!/ I even chomp up Wellington boots!”), and besting a goat at mountain-climbing—before falling short in an unexpected area. Shaw's (Sneaky Weasel) anthropomorphized cartoon creatures have a hint of Steig about them. And while Taylor's (The Great Snake) goofy rhymes aren't strong on metric precision (“He bounced about like a basket ball,/ chuckling 'Crocodiles are the best animals of all!' ”) they make up for it with pure exuberance. The crocodile's braggadocio and the poke in the ribs he gets at the end make this an amusing entry in the bedtime reading pile. Ages 3–6. (Dec.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3—A contented donkey reclining at the beach declares, "nothing is better than being a donkey!" The crocodile snorkeling nearby begs to differ, setting in motion a chain of events in which the crocodile is challenged by a variety of animals to prove that he is the best. Moving through mountains and deserts, the crocodile out climbs a goat and out hops a kangaroo. Humorous color cartoon spreads feature animals wearing boots, sunglasses, swim trunks, and a peculiar cow-shaped inner tube. The crocodile outdoes every animal he meets, until the donkey realizes that he can do something the earless reptile cannot. Playful rhyming text, zany illustrations, and a satisfying conclusion result in a hilarious read-aloud.—Lisa Glasscock, Columbine Public Library, Littleton, CO
Kirkus Reviews
Identical in general import but, alas, far inferior in presentation to Kevin Sherry's exuberant I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean! (2007), this boastfest pairs stumbling rhymes to static jumbles of cartoon figures. Loudly proclaiming superiority over an orang-utan, a pair of rabbits and other animals, a crocodile proceeds to swing through the trees, climb a mountain, chew grass and other unlikely feats-" ‘I hop on my left foot. I hop on my right. / I hop to an unbelievable height!' / He bounced about like a basket ball [sic], chuckling / "Crocodiles are the best animals of all!' "-until he receives his comeuppance at last, because everyone else (including, improbably, the orang) has ears that wiggle. Donkey's closing remarks (which repeat the opening lines), "My ears may wiggle and my teeth may be wonky, / but nothing is better than being a donkey!" make no sense as a tagline and so are of a piece with the rest. (Picture book. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845079048
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books
  • Publication date: 9/22/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,494,955
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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