Watch Out for the Crocodile

Watch Out for the Crocodile

by Lisa Moroni, Eva Eriksson

A delightful picture book about a father and daughter's trip into the wilderness, and how children can help parents see the world in a different way. Illustrated by the popular Swedish illustrator, Eva Eriksson (My Happy Life).

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A delightful picture book about a father and daughter's trip into the wilderness, and how children can help parents see the world in a different way. Illustrated by the popular Swedish illustrator, Eva Eriksson (My Happy Life).

Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Book Review - Sarah Harrison Smith
…Eriksson's illustrations convey intelligence, sensitivity and amusement in the young heroine, who initially perceives more in the landscape than her father can.
Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
Tora is super excited because she is going on a camping trip with her father whom she thinks only drinks coffee, sits at a computer, and talks on a cell phone all day. After she and boring daddy gather up all the supplies they head to the forest to spot wild animals. But while dad with cell phone affixed to his ear sees a root, Tora with her active imagination sees a boa constrictor. A simple birch tree becomes a group of giraffes nibbling on its branches and large boulders are sunbathing hippos to Tora. Through tree stumps that resemble trolls and fog that welcomes fairies the pair arrive at the lake. Tora comments on the island in the middle of the lake to which dad replies that it is not an island at all but a gentle, sleeping dragon that only eats fish fingers. The two climb in their tent but not before saying good night to all the wild animals they met that day. A simple camping trip becomes an amazing adventure when a healthy dose of imagination is added. Tora is a delightful girl whose exuberance is infectious. To his credit the distracted dad ditches his cell phone and soon enters whole-heartedly into Toro’s whimsical romp. The translation from Swedish is flawless. The mixed media illustrations add to the fun and hopefully readers will start to perceive the woods as creatively as Tora. Upon finishing the book most will agree with Tora that she has the “best Dad in the world.” Reviewer: Beverley Fahey; Ages 4 to 7.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Tora thinks all her father does is "work, drink coffee, sit at the computer, and talk on his cell phone," so she's especially excited when he announces a camping trip in the forest, even though she has to endure a shopping trip for supplies and a long car ride to get there. Contrary to her expectations, though, the forest proves to be a pretty dull place with no animals in sight—until Tora begins to see the environment through the eyes of her imagination. While her father walks through the woods, cell phone in hand, Tora sees a tree root as a dangerous snake, tree limbs as giraffes, an object in the grass as a crouching lion, and a collection of boulders as "sunbathing hippopotamuses." She even turns tree stumps into troll playmates. Finally, dad joins in the fun, yelping as Tora "saves" him from a log turned into a flesh-eating crocodile and convincing her that a tree-lined island is a "water dragon, asleep in the lake." Eriksson's large, mixed-media illustrations shift seamlessly from a predominantly green forest setting to the soft yellow African plains where several of Tora's imaginary animals dwell. Father and daughter appear as cartoon figures sporting a variety of facial expressions. Pair this with Mo Willems's I'm a Frog (Hyperion, 2013) to encourage youngsters to see themselves and their environment in a new light.—Marianne Saccardi, formerly at Norwalk Community College, CT
Kirkus Reviews
A redheaded pixie takes to the woods with her father in hopes of seeing cavemen and other wild things. "All Dad does is work," says Tora, the pint-sized narrator. "He is a very boring father." Gee, what does a guy have to do to cop a break? Take his wee one to the forest, for a start; in the green gloaming of the trees live great and fearful creatures, which are just Tora's cup of tea. And if it turns out that their forest has more ants, squirrels and woodpeckers than hyenas and Bigfeet, then it is time for a little blue-sky thinking: That root is a boa constrictor (or maybe an anaconda), that hump of rocks is a crash of hippos, and that copse of birch trees is a tower of giraffes. (In the book, the congregation of giraffes is referred to as a flock, which may have something to do with the book having been originally written in Swedish.) All it takes is looking the right way, Tora tells her father, who is caught on his GPS or cellphone once too often. The artwork is deft and atmospheric, with a delicacy that lets the creative imagination loose. When it comes time for the father to show his stuff, he doesn't let Tora down, boring as he is, with a water dragon. A water dragon "only eats fish fingers," he assures her. An evocative nod to the power of lateral thinking and flights of fancy. (Picture book. 4-8)

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Lerner Publishing Group
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Product dimensions:
7.70(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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