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The Christmas Crocodile
     

The Christmas Crocodile

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by Bonny Becker, David Small (Illustrator)
 

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Alice Jayne finds a crocodile under the tree on Christmas Eve. The Christmas Crocodile doesn't mean to be bad, but soon he is eating everything in the house, even the Christmas tree. Alice Jayne's family can't agree on what to do with the Christmas Crocodile, but Alice Jayne wants to give him a home. Will their Christmas survive if she does?

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Alice Jayne finds a crocodile under the tree on Christmas Eve. The Christmas Crocodile doesn't mean to be bad, but soon he is eating everything in the house, even the Christmas tree. Alice Jayne's family can't agree on what to do with the Christmas Crocodile, but Alice Jayne wants to give him a home. Will their Christmas survive if she does?

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
Alice Jayne found the crocodile under the tree on Christmas Eve. He didn't mean to be bad, but he ate the lovely red ribbon around his neck. And everything else in the house! How an eccentric turn-of-the-century household deals with this unexpected gift makes for a delightful and warm Christmas story. Becker's tongue-in-cheek text perfectly meshes with Caldecott Honor artist David Small's immensely good-natured take on the period and the characters. An all-around charmer.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2--Alice Jayne finds a crocodile with a big red bow around its neck under the tree on Christmas Eve. The toothy beast proceeds to bite, gnaw on, or eat up whatever it gets near. Banished to the basement, the insatiable creature holds court as the entire family slips down to comfort it. Unfortunately, they all doze off, awakening to find that the house is a disaster. Having eaten the Christmas tree and all the presents, the croc is looking "alarmingly round." Just then the family discovers that it was delivered to the wrong address. Two men show up and take it away, much to the relief of everyone but Alice Jayne. Small's wonderful watercolor and pen-and-ink illustrations set the mayhem in a turn-of-the-century mansion, but the text simply doesn't match the energy of the pictures. This Christmas Crocodile is no budding star; Bernard Waber's Lyle at Christmas (Houghton, 1998) is funnier and more satisfying.--LF

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689815034
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date:
10/28/1998
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
9.34(w) x 9.62(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Bonny Becker is the author of the popular Bear and Mouse series of picture books, illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton, including the New York Times bestseller A Visitor for Bear. She is also the author of a number of award-winning picture books and middle-grade novels. Becker lives in Seattle, where she writes full-time and teaches at the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts.

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The Christmas Crocodile 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wouldn't call this book a "winner" but it was silly and had good art work. Good story line but not a book that is interesting enough to read over and over again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a great new tradition for families of all ages. The crocodile who "didn't mean to be bad" creates havoc of the most hilarious kind. Small¿s illustrations are the perfect companion to Becker¿s humorous text. A winner!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Crocodiles do not conjure up images of a well-behaved pet! Alice Jayne sure tries to convince her eccentric family to keep a 'puppy eyed' crocodile she finds under the Christmas tree. Our sympathy immediately goes out to the Christmas Crocodile who really 'didn't mean to be bad.' He sure gets into trouble in this book. From page one, get ready to laugh at the adorable antics and pictures of less than amused family members. If the 'Cat in the Hat' had been found under the Christmas tree, even he could not have created this much chaos! After gobbling down just about everything (a water bottle, candy canes, a Christmas roast, pumpkin pie, twenty-nine crumpets on the kitchen counter, a box of pralines, one fruitcake, five golden oranges, the left stove top burner, and a plate of ginger star cookies), the family locks the crocodile in the back room. They then retire for the evening. What happens next can only be told by Bonny Becker and illustrated by David Small. We have copy which says: 'For Alexia, Season's eatings!' signed by Bonny Becker! This is a magical book from start to finish. You don't want all this fun to ever end...and you know...it might just being again. Don't peak at the last page! This is the perfect gift for any child at Christmas time. They will enjoy reading it all year long.