The crocodile said to the chimpanzee,
"Chimpanzee, I want to be free.
The jungle jangle's not for me."Crocodile says goodbye to the jungle and heads for the bright lights of London to find freedom and adventure. But despite the famous sights, city life on a stone-cold street begins to pall... Will crocodile tears become real tears for friends, family and home? A fantastic picture book for reading aloud by poetry legend Roger McGough and award-winning animator Greg McLeod.
Publisher: Otter-Barry Books Ltd
Number of pages: 40
Dimensions: 210 x 298 mm
"Quite genuinely the funniest picture book I've read in a very long time! Hilarious rhyming text, lots of visual fun and silliness too! Absolutely delightful!"* The Reading Realm *
"For everyone who loves laughing and poetry full of world play...wonderfully funny and brilliantly illustrated."-- Jo Bowers * Associate Dean, Cardiff Metropolitan University *
"An absolutely brilliant read aloud tale...Roger McGough's narrative verse is bursting with wit...The inherent humour is wonderfully reflected in Greg McLeod's delectably quirky scenes...absolutely priceless."* Red Reading Hub *
"Lovely poetic text and a lesson to appreciate where you are, the grass isn't always greener!"* Let them be Small *
"This book has us in its of giggles...with plenty to look at and talk about, McLeod's quirky scenes add to the charm of this fantastic picture book. A fun read-aloud by poetry legend Roger McGough and award-winning animator Greg McLeod."* A Book and Me (instagram) *
"In this glorious picture book, words and pictures work in seamless harmony to portray the adventures and feelings of a restless, young adventurer...Funny, touching, insightful, with plenty to look at and talk about - sure to be a firm favourite with children and adults."* Booktrust Books We Love *
"With witty, rollicking verse and poignant letters from the crocodile to her mother, this is a fantastic picturebook for reading aloud in class...packed with witty wordplay."* Teach Primary *
"Full of humour, the text is a joy to read aloud as it bounces along, tripping of the tongue, full of rich language and imagery...The illustrations are a joy...Both funny and touching, full of things to discuss and explore."* North Somerset Teachers' Book Awards blog *
"Do you like funny poems, word play and witty pictures? You need to read Crocodile Tears, a zany rhyming picture book published by the brilliant Otter-Barry Books."* Chiswick Festival Newsletter *
"Full of humour - both verbal and visual - this is a hugely enjoyable read aloud both for listeners and presenters of the saga."* School Librarian *
"Described as the 'patron saint of poetry', Roger McGough has written this humorous and entertaining picture story...the language, word play and quirkiness of the crocodile's story will appeal to readers of all ages. Greg McLeod's expressive and detailed illustrations match perfectly with this witty story."* NATE Primary English *
"Coming from such an experienced poet, it is no surprise that there is imaginative word play right from the titles of this enjoyable and original picture book... Children might also create their own words, because like Lewis Carroll, McGough is inventive with 'slidder' and 'squibbling'; and they will love the humour and rhythms... The colourful animation-like illustrations are as quirky as the text and will appeal to children throughout KS1.."* English 4-11 *
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