Crocs at Work

Crocs at Work
CDN$ 18.95
US$ 16.95
UK£ 10.95
Author:
Series: Picture Books
Illustrator: Rae Maté
Length: 32 Pages
ISBN: 9781926890043
Age Group: 3-7
Book Cover: Hardcover

Description

In Crocs at Work, the team that created the children’s Crocodiles Play and Crocodiles Say tackle the world of work—again with laughs and poetry.

Awards

Reviews

Vancouver-based Robert Heidbreder has been entertaining children for years with his poems and books. Crocs at Work (Tradewind, 32 pages, $19) again delivers his unique blend of humour, poetry and fanciful characters. Following on his successful Crocodiles Play and Crocodiles Say here we meet crocodiles working as doctors, postmen, chefs and others.

His poems are catchy. For instance: “as gourmet cooks Crocs work with speed / they heed each diner’s every need / concocting any scrumptious dish to suit a diner’s wildest wish / But to ensure the fare tastes right… / Crocs chomp it down in one big bite!”

Vancouver artist Rae Mate’s illustrations are large and colourful and fit the text perfectly. Recommended for ages three to seven.

Helen Norrie – Winnipeg Free Press

 

K-Gr 2—Heidbreder’s latest features crocodiles having fun in a variety of workplaces. The narration of their job description is in rhyme; the fun they have on the job is revealed after the ellipses, when the page is turned. The postal carrier likes to hide the mail; the crocodile doctors and nurses give their young patients extra band-aids. Other professions shown are chefs, bus drivers, house painters, florists, and teachers. The anthropomorphic crocodiles wear clothes and are illustrated in a variety of yellows, greens, and browns. They are not all children, but the adults have remained young at heart, and this becomes obvious when they are at work. VERDICT This is an amusing rhyming book about enjoying one’s job.—Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canada
School Library Journal - 12/01/2015

 

Count on crocodiles to put distinctive spins on a range of occupations. Cast into sturdy verse with each snappy punch line revealed by a page turn, this reptilian roster is tailor-made for reading aloud. Whether doctors or teachers, house painters or gourmet cooks, Heidbreder’s crocodiles consistently turn work into wild rumpuses: “House-painting Crocs are in demand / for tasteful eye and skillful hand. / They feel each house should stand apart— / a chic, unique Croc work of art— / subtle, tranquil, calm and quaint…” (wait for it) “So every house they splatter-paint!” Dressed as humans, the long-nosed, variously colored, and not particularly toothy figures in Maté’s sunny cartoon illustrations sport engaging grins as they chow down themselves on the fruits of their labors, throw paint with abandon, exuberantly cover the “owies” of young patients with Band-Aids galore, and deposit mail anywhere except into mailboxes. An entirely nonserious, delightfully welcome look at the world of work. (Picture book. 5-7)
Kirkus Reviews - 2015-10-14

 

“Clear, cheerful colors, a sunshiny atmosphere and a pleasant, wicked ebullience make a perfect story-time choice.”—The Toronto Star
“Reminiscent in tone of the 1958 classic What Do You Say, Dear? by Sesyle Joslin and Maurice Sendak, this happy double message gives child readers plenty of freedom to create their own alliances.”
— Quill & Quire

 

Count on crocodiles to put distinctive spins on a range of occupations.

Cast into sturdy verse with each snappy punch line revealed by a page turn, this reptilian roster is tailor-made for reading aloud. Whether doctors or teachers, house painters or gourmet cooks, Heidbreder’s crocodiles consistently turn work into wild rumpuses: “House-painting Crocs are in demand / for tasteful eye and skillful hand. / They feel each house should stand apart— / a chic, unique Croc work of art— / subtle, tranquil, calm and quaint…” (wait for it) “So every house they splatter-paint!” Dressed as humans, the long-nosed, variously colored, and not particularly toothy figures in Maté’s sunny cartoon illustrations sport engaging grins as they chow down themselves on the fruits of their labors, throw paint with abandon, exuberantly cover the “owies” of young patients with Band-Aids galore, and deposit mail anywhere except into mailboxes.

An entirely nonserious, delightfully welcome look at the world of work.
– Kirkus Reviews (Site)

“Clear, cheerful colors, a sunshiny atmosphere and a pleasant, wicked ebullience make a perfect story-time choice.”
– Toronto Star

“Reminiscent in tone of the 1958 classic What Do You Say, Dear? by Sesyle Joslin and Maurice Sendak, this happy double message gives child readers plenty of freedom to create their own alliances.”
 - Quill & Quire

“This is an amusing rhyming book about enjoying one’s job.”
– School Library Journal

“An entirely nonserious, delightfully welcome look at the world of work.”
– Kirkus Reviews

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