This is a Crocodile

Evhy Constable, Author Bradbury Press $12.95 (24p) ISBN 978-0-02-724320-8
This quirky cumulative tale is pure fun. An exhibitionist crocodile balances a number of unlikely things on his snout, as the text names the objects: a rutabaga, a lute, a goose decoy, a dressmaker's dummy and so on. An unusual crowd gathers to watch, including an ostrich, a bear with a bagpipe and a rooster in a brown paper bag. Although this would have been an apt format for an alphabet book, there's little plot here; there is, however, an abundance of style and sheer enjoyment. The cocky croc exudes personality, especially when he takes a bow and his tower tumbles. Covered with purple paint (a pail of which he'd formerly balanced), he never falters, as the book ends with the beginning of a new cycle, ""This is a purple crocodile . . . showing off.'' (4-7)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1986
Release date: 01/01/1986
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