Good Ship Crocodile

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When the skies of Africa darken with rain and the river swells, a good-natured crocodile named Snout lends his broad back to many stranded animal neighbors. After he ferries soggy fireflies, dripping hedgehogs, and other creatures over dangerous waters, his good deeds are repaid in full when a shift to hot, dry weather leaves him vulnerable instead. Written by Children's Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis and illustrated by acclaimed picture book artist Monique Felix, The Good Ship Crocodile is a charming story of ...

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Overview

When the skies of Africa darken with rain and the river swells, a good-natured crocodile named Snout lends his broad back to many stranded animal neighbors. After he ferries soggy fireflies, dripping hedgehogs, and other creatures over dangerous waters, his good deeds are repaid in full when a shift to hot, dry weather leaves him vulnerable instead. Written by Children's Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis and illustrated by acclaimed picture book artist Monique Felix, The Good Ship Crocodile is a charming story of friendship sure to inspire readers of all ages.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
01/01/2014
PreS-K—Borrowing a scheme from Aesop, Lewis and Felix tell a tale of reciprocal rescue, with plenty to enjoy in the viewing. The story opens and closes with a trade-off between a toothy, realistic crocodile and a band of oddly humanoid fireflies. Snout is most amenable when the rainy season floods his river home, impeding the travels of smaller animals. The soggy fireflies, carrying leaf umbrellas in human hands, line up along the crocodile's scaly back and inside his open mouth. "So off they went." Told with economy, the text is handsomely amplified in broad spreads featuring large, close-ups of the animals in the murky terrain. The fireflies are followed by a succession of other creatures whose passage is recorded in a series of wordless pages. These unnamed neighbors-a hedgehog, a pair of frogs, a squirrel, and a family of mandrills-appear in more natural forms, albeit posed in comic stance. The frogs peering down over the crocodile's snout and squirrel's tail arched overhead as an awning convey much about their stormy journeys. "Finally, the sun gulped up all the water. Snout had drifted far down river." The crocodile, now weary and disoriented as night falls, is led back across dry land to his river by those bug-eyed, enormous fireflies. So, as the old fable tells us, one good turn deserves another, and the small can save the mighty, after all. The moral is left fo readers to discern. The spare text would be flat by itself, but the pictures can almost tell the whole tale. The ugliness of the fireflies, seemingly out of character with the other drawings, is perhaps intended for comedy, but the real humor is in the trips made by their fellow creatures.—Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568462387
  • Publisher: Creative Company, The
  • Publication date: 9/17/2013
  • Sales rank: 1,434,383
  • Age range: 6 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Prolific author J. Patrick Lewis has been honored as America's Children's Poet Laureate (2011–13) and garnered the 2011 National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Excellence in Children's Poetry Award.

Swiss artist Monique Felix has illustrated more than 40 celebrated children's books, including Creative Editions' popular Mouse Book series, The Rumor, The Velveteen Rabbit, and Tuba Lessons.

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