What does that title say?! On closer inspection… the crocodile is only little – aww it’s quite sweet actually, look at that sulky face. But hang on a sec… It wants to EAT a child! That’s a bit dark.
Let’s read this one!
That’s my thought process every time I see this book.
I particularly like the cover of this book. I like how the type is playful and menacing at the same time. The spontaneity of the lines that make the central illustration are sublime, there is something about this simple drawing and the quality of the fluid lines that make it come alive. The expression on the face of the small croc communicates so much to the viewer. There are no frills to this cover and it doesn’t need any.
The line “I really want to eat a child,” is repeated throughout the book. The little crocodile is fixated by this desire. His parents do their best to distract him with bananas and cake, but nothing will budge him from his stubborn craving for a child.
Eventually, he is confronted by a young girl by the side of the river. Will he get his wish? Will he finally get to eat a child? Let’s hope not aye.
Published by Hodders Children’s Books.