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Sunday 26 February 2017

Review: Crocodile Cake

In this entertaining rhyming tale by Palo Morgan, a little girl heads to the kitchen to make a scary, slurping crocodile cake. But when the crocodile cake comes to life and starts eating her family, the little chef must find a way to save everyone from the cranky croc.

Crocodile Cake is a highly engaging and wild tale full of excitement and humour. Morgan has taken the simple act of baking a cake and turned it into a hilarious adventure that is sure to trigger smiles and gasps from both young and old.

The illustrations by Chris Nixon are vivid to say the least. Colour fills every page to its corners, and as the crocodile closes in, they get dark and shadowy, conveying the fear anyone would surely feel if a giant crocodile cake were chasing them. When the illustrations aren’t awesomely eerie, they are bright, vibrant and highly engaging, with the text often displayed in fun and unusual ways.

With a longer word count, this may be one for kids who are happier to sit for extended periods. But that said, the story is fast-paced and the rhyming text is addictively soothing. 

A story about being adventurous, courageous and fighting your fears, Crocodile Cake is fantastic fun for everyone.

Title: Crocodile Cake
Author: Palo Morgan
Illustrator: Chris Nixon
Publisher: Fremantle Press, $24.95
Publication Date: 29 June 2009
Format: Hard cover
ISBN: 9781921361555
For ages: 6 - 7
Type: Picture Book