Published by Sterling Children’s Books
A little boy and his father frolic in a pond on a lazy summer day. The child is “captain of the Crocodaddy hunt.” He rides the creature, lures it with a sandwich, and splashes and giggles, but he doesn’t succeed in taming the wild beast until he tickles its knees. The final spread shows the father restored to his human form, while the boy, “a little chip off the lazy old Croc,” pretends to be the crocodile. Walker’s vibrant colors and expressive characters bounce along with the percussive rhyming text, lending visual power to what could have been a one-note premise. This celebration of imaginative play holds appeal for children.-Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, MD
A little boy and his father indulge in some splashy imaginative play. A rhyming text details the swimming-trunks- and baseball-cap-clad tot’s interior monologue as he hunts for, taunts and tames his “Crocodaddy:” “Crocodaddy, Crocodaddy, whatcha gonna do? / Crocodaddy hunter is RIDING on you!” Walker’s bright acrylics take all possible menace out of the foolery, dressing his croc in Dad’s yellow trunks and bestowing on him just two tiny paint smears for teeth. The good humor in the proceedings is evident in every spread, and it’s a game many children will be well familiar with. (Picture book. 3-5)
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