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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; Illustrated edition edition (1 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230750222
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230750227
  • Product Dimensions: 27 x 0.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Catherine Rayner is an author and illustrator of children's picture books. She studied Illustration at Edinburgh College of Art where, for her final degree show, she created what would go on to be her debut picture book.

Originally from Yorkshire, Catherine fell in love with the city of Edinburgh and still lives there. Winner of the 2009 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal for her second book HARRIS FINDS HIS FEET, Catherine has now been shortlisted four times for the award. She was also awarded the Best New Illustrator Award at the Booktrust Early Years Awards in 2006 and was named one of Booktrust's ten Best New Illustrators in 2008. In 2010, she was the inaugural illustrator in residence at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. In 2012 Catherine's book 'Iris and Isaac' won the UKLA Children's Book Award and the Dutch edition of 'Solomon Crocodile' has been selected as PICTURE BOOK OF THE YEAR 2014 in The Netherlands by the CPNB.

As well as producing award-winning picture books, she also exhibits her artwork in galleries all over the world and illustrates her own range of greeting cards. For more information visit www.catherinerayner.co.uk You can also 'like' Catherine Rayner on Facebook and follow her on Twitter @catherinerayner.




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"Read-alouds with this book are going to be loud, so get ready."--"Booklist" "Short, sweet, and tailor-made for story time, this perfectly paced tale of jungle mischief introduces a toddlerlike crocodile, Solomon, whose definition of "fun" is what other animals would probably label '"annoying.'" --"Publishers Weekly", Starred "The juxtaposition of a roaring hippo with an extremely startled Solomon is priceless." --"School Library Journal" "Let Solomon Crocodile loose during a story hour and get ready to roar." --"Horn Book Magazine" "Light and entertaining fun." --"Kirkus Reviews"

About the Author

Catherine Rayner studied illustration at Edinburgh College of Art. She fell in love with the city and still lives there with a small menagerie of creatures including Shannon the horse, Ena the cat and a goldfish called Sheila, all of whom inspire her work. In 2006 Catherine won the Best New Illustrator Award at the Booktrust Early Years Awards and in 2009 was awarded the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal. SOLOMON CROCODILE is Catherine's second book for Macmillan, following the critically acclaimed ERNEST (978-0-230-52919-9).

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By MsB383 on 16 Jan. 2014
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I love the illustrations for this book and so does my toddler daughter. The story is fun but at the same time I feel a tad uncomfortable with reading it because there is a lot of 'go away' and 'you're nothing but a nuisance' and other rather negative language. The crocodile wants to play with the other animals but they don't want him to join them and tell him to leave them alone, in various ways. The crocodile then discovers another crocodile and they become friends. My daughter is only young and enjoys it at face value but I can't help but feel that it could give a message that you can only play with those that are like you, as well as teaching hostility with the language used. Maybe I am reading into it too deeply but I won't be adding this to our regular-reading collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Big Book Little Book on 15 April 2012
Format: Paperback
Alison: [...]

Solomon wants to play, but instead he ends up annoying the other animals. Solomon is sad. But then he starts to hear the other animals shouting, and this time it isn't at him. Has Solomon found the perfect friend? And what will the other animals think of that?

This is a truly lovely picture book; the pictures are very simple but tell the story so well. The story is also very simple, told in very short sentences. This makes it perfect for very young children, yet I had a class full of 12 year olds entranced when this was read to them. The fact that Solomon causes trouble and doesn't make any apologies for it is very appealing to children of all ages. This doesn't have a moral message in the same way that some books aimed at children do, but it doesn't suffer for that and in some ways this approach is quite refreshing.

Verdict: Simple and attractive kids of all ages will love it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Mar. 2011
Format: Hardcover
Walking along the river bank, Solomon Crocodile tries to get up to all sorts of mischief until the other animals stop him. Its colourful, it's fun and it is ideal reading material for the young reader to get a "snappy" taste of the fun that they will have in future years after learning to read. Add to this a great plot, some fun characters as well as a new friend for Solomon and the reader really will learn that the best things come in twos. Great fun all in and a title that adults will love to read as much as children.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jo Hart on 28 Oct. 2013
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My grandson got this book out of the library and didn't want to return it, so I bought him his own copy! Good value & very quick delivery. One very happy little boy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By emilyparkes on 5 Aug. 2013
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My two year old son absolutely adores this story book! He knows it almost off by heart and we read it every night before bedtime. He always has a giggle when we read it with him, and as a parent I like the fact that this story still has a sense of fun and cheekiness. It has helped introduce the idea of friendship and he enjoys relating the story to his own friendships. I would recommend this book to any child - the pictures are lovely and would be enjoyed by a baby.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Toni Mander on 1 Jan. 2013
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We read this book every night before bed, my son (3yo) loves it so much, he knows it word for word. The story is fun and encourages interaction.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By wowgkt on 18 April 2012
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My Little boy (aged 2) LOVES this book. It has lovely pictures and you have the chance to make the characters come alive when reading it. A must for every kids bookshelf. :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Interested from Leeds on 17 April 2012
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He's just so beautifully funny. The details are fascinating and draw you in to Solomon's world. Quality illustrations you can stare at again and again.
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