There's a Crocodile under My Bed

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Children's Literature
Before Mom and Dad go out one night, Peggy tells them she cannot go to sleep because of the crocodile hiding under her bed. Of course they say that is rubbish, tuck her in, and leave her grandmother in charge. But a crocodile really is there. His name is Henry, and he proceeds to join her in some fun, in the bath tub, dancing the Crocodile Rock, making and painting an egg-carton crocodile. Henry tells stories of how naughty he was when he was little. This is why he is there; he was punished by being sentenced to help frightened children. He can only return when he has visited a thousand of them; Peggy is only number 776. Before he finishes his story, she is asleep. Was this all her vivid imagination? If so, how did the egg-carton crocodile her dad finds under her bed get there? Beginning with the end-papers, which display dozens of dancing crocodiles in varied acrobatic positions it is clear that we have a humorous bit of a child's happy make-believe. The crayon-textured illustrations offer the artist a chance to de-demonize the reptile, to present him as a fun-loving prankster and kindly playmate. Charming, red-haired Peggy is our guide through the delightful sequence of bed-time adventures. 2005 (orig.1980), Front Street, Ages 3 to 7.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-This new translation of a book published in the U.S. in 1980 offers a fresh perspective on the monster-in-the-room scenario. Peggy insists that there is a crocodile under her bed, but Dad can't find it. Henry turns out to be a playmate rather than a scary creature, showing her how he can get as big or as small as she wants. They have fun in the bathtub, dance, and even create a crocodile out of egg cartons-a perfect craft idea for a program. He ends by telling her a bedtime story about himself, providing a surprising explanation for why he is in her bedroom in the first place. The soft illustrations resonate in tones of earthy greens and gold and support the text with whimsy and humor. This is an additional purchase, especially for libraries that own Mercer Mayer's classics, There's a Nightmare in My Closet (1968) and There's an Alligator under My Bed (1987, both Dial), or Hilary McKay's There's a Dragon Downstairs (S & S, 2005).-Linda M. Kenton, San Rafael Public Library, CA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780070556140
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 1/1/1981
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years

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