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Tuesday 28 May 2013

Review: The Selfish Crocodile

Deep in the forest, lives a very large and very angry crocodile. Every morning, he shouts his selfish message: 'Stay away from my river! It's MY river! If you come in my river, I'll eat you all!'

Not surprisingly, all the animals stay well away. Which is just how the crocodile likes it. Until one morning when the forest is filled with the groans of an animal in pain. The crocodile has toothache! But after the way he's treated them, will any of the other animals help him?

The big, beautiful illustrations are the perfect match to this feel-good story about the perils of being selfish and the importance of helping others. For it's only when a brave little mouse steps out from the crowd and saves the day that the crocodile learns the value of friendship and realises that life is so much better when it's not lived alone.

First published in 1998, this book has become a much-loved classic and is available in a range of formats from board book to more recent editions that come packaged with an audio CD.

Title: The Selfish Crocodile
Author: Faustin Charles
Illustrator: Michael Terry
Publisher: Bloomsbury, $19.99 RRP
Publication Date: May 2005
Format: Paperback with CD
ISBN: 9780747581130
For ages: 3–7
Type: Picture Book