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The kindhearted crocodile

by Panzieri, Lucia,

Format: Print Book 2013
Availability: Available at 7 Libraries 7 of 7 copies
Available (7)
Location Collection Call #
Bethel Park Public Library Picture Books PB PANZIERI Lucia
Location  Bethel Park Public Library
Collection  Picture Books
Call Number  PB PANZIERI Lucia
CLP - Main Library First Floor Children's Department - Picture Books j FICTION Panzieri
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  First Floor Children's Department - Picture Books
Call Number  j FICTION Panzieri
Community Library of Castle Shannon Picture Book PICTURE BOOK Panzieri
Location  Community Library of Castle Shannon
Collection  Picture Book
Call Number  PICTURE BOOK Panzieri
Crafton Public Library Juvenile - Picture Books PICT F PANZIERI 2013 CRAFTON 4/13
Location  Crafton Public Library
Collection  Juvenile - Picture Books
Call Number  PICT F PANZIERI 2013 CRAFTON 4/13
Green Tree Public Library Children's Easy E AMP PAN
Location  Green Tree Public Library
Collection  Children's Easy
Call Number  E AMP PAN
Northern Tier Regional Library Picture Book J PB PANZI
Location  Northern Tier Regional Library
Collection  Picture Book
Call Number  J PB PANZI
Sewickley Public Library Juvenile Picture Books J E PAN
Location  Sewickley Public Library
Collection  Juvenile Picture Books
Call Number  J E PAN

Once upon a time there was a crocodile--not just any old crocodile with big sharp teeth and powerful jaws, but a crocodile with the kindest of hearts that was gentle and sensitive, and dreamed of one day being a beloved pet in a happy family. Through the magic of a picture book and with an irrepressible desire to please, this ferocious-looking crocodile that tidies toys, washes dishes, and even fights monsters in bad dreams makes his own dream come true.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Families typically want goldfish and puppies for pets, not crocodiles with big, sharp teeth; powerful jaws; and a swift, strong body. But the gentle croc in this Italian import longs to be a companion to a happy family. Like David Wiesner's The Three Pigs (2001) and Deborah Freedman's Blue Chicken (2011), this animal character steps out of a picture book (also titled The Kindhearted Crocodile) at night and tidies toys, washes dishes, makes breakfast, and tends to other household chores while the family sleeps. One night the parents and children hide and wait to see who has been caring for them. Although the children instantly recognize their favorite storybook character and ask to keep him, the parents are less trusting, until regularly served morning coffee wins them over. Jaunty illustrations using ink, acrylics, watercolors, butcher paper, and other media transform the seemingly scary reptile into an endearing doglike playmate and put a humorous spin on the childhood pet theme. If only every family had their own kindhearted croc, right?--Leeper, Angela Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In a quirky story first published in Italy in 2008, a crocodile longs to be a family pet. The crocodile's hammy facial expressions and antics are worthy of Broadway, but his ferocious teeth make him an unlikely companion. One evening, "the kindly crocodile had a brilliant idea. He would sneak into a home through the pages of a lovely picture book. Inside the book he was just paper and paint." The crocodile emerges from the pages of the book (cleverly, it's the same book readers are holding) into a family room with clutter emphasized by chaotic, white scrawls. The crocodile goes about tidying, folding laundry, and preparing breakfast, only to slip back into the book before the puzzled family awakes. Ferrari's raucous sketches channel Quentin Blake, with playful use of space and eruptions of color and collage elements. After the family uncovers the identity of its secret helper, Panzieri gives the story a tongue-in-cheek ending: the crocodile wins over the agitated parents by appealing to their adult sensibilities, "fix[ing] a very good cup of coffee for each of the grown-ups." Ages 4-8. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Crocodiles as pets -- Juvenile fiction.
Crocodiles -- Juvenile fiction.
Crocodiles as pets -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Holiday House,2013
Edition 1st American ed.
Other Titles Coccodrillo gentile.
Contributors Ferrari, Antongionata, 1960- illustrator.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
ISBN 9780823427673 (hardcover)
0823427676 (hardcover)
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