This colourful, dynamic, and fun picture book with engaging language celebrates difference and encourages children to be true to who they are.
All alone, in a quiet part of the jungle, Little Croc hatches. He may be small, but he has a big voice and loves to sing. But the other animals don’t like his snap-snap song and send him away. As time passes, he becomes a big croc, and his song gets better and louder, but he is lonely. He asks some birds to teach him their song, hoping the other animals might accept him. All goes well until he gets carried away, snap-snaps in the middle of the song, and is sent away. As he sings sadly to himself by the river, his song attracts an unexpected crowd of admirers, who finally join in on the music.
“Casella’s expressive pictures dance appealingly all around the page, as does Croc’s jazz-infused song, set in a faux hand-lettered typeface.” —Kirkus Reviews (U.S.)
“this book is fun to read aloud because it is full of sounds (Tweet Baby Tweet Snap Snap Doo Wop Pow Tweet Snap). It’s simple, cute and playful.” —Reading Time (Australia)
“A neatly resolved tale of acceptance and finding your place, this book with its striking cut out illustrations will entice eager readers to try the techniques for themselves, with paper, scissors, paint and sponges.” —ReadPlus (Australia)
Laura Casella obtained a BA in Illustration from the Institute of European Design. In 1995, her nonfiction project Middle Ages was selected at the Children’s Book Fair in Bologna. She worked as freelance illustrator on various projects. In 1996, she moved to London, where she worked as graphic / web designer also using her illustration skills. She has recently graduated from Cambridge School of Art with an MA in Children’s Book Illustration.
Age Range: 3-6
Juvenile Fiction / Animals/Alligators & Crocodiles
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