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The Crocodile Under the Bed [Kindle Edition]

Judith Kerr
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A magical new classic in the making from the creator of the beloved favourite, The Tiger Who Came to Tea.

Once there was a little boy called Matty, and he was very sad…

From the creator of the iconic picture books The Tiger Who Came to Tea and Mog the Forgetful Cat, comes a brand new story about joy, parties… and crocodiles!

Matty is sick, and very sad because he’s too sick to go to the Queen’s birthday party! But when he gets an unexpected visitor, it seems that Matty might not miss out after all…


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“Kerr is one of the best authors a child of 3+ could encounter.”
The Times

About the Author

Judith Kerr was born in Berlin, the daughter of a distinguished German writer. She left Germany with her family in 1933 to escape from the Nazis and they arrived in England in 1936, having spent the intervening years in Switzerland and France.
She was married to the writer Nigel Kneale.Their daughter Tacy is an artist, and their son Matthew is an acclaimed novelist.

In 2012, Judith was awarded an OBE for her services to children’s literature and Holocaust education


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Judith Kerr was born in Berlin, the daughter of a distinguished German writer. She left Germany with her family in 1933 to escape from the Nazis and they arrived in England in 1936, having spent the intervening years in Switzerland and France. She is best known for her children's books, both self-illustrated picture titles such as the 17-strong Mog series and The Tiger Who Came To Tea, and novels such as When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit and The Other Way Round, which tells the story of the rise of the Nazis in 1930s Germany from a child's perspective.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By K. J. Noyes TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
It is hard not to compare Kerr's latest with her most famous. Both feature everyday home scenes and young children with fantastical creatures intruding and causing an "is it real? Is it a dream?" feeling.

This, for me, isn't quite as good. You can't fault the exquisite pastel drawings, it's lovely to look at. And my son really did like it. But as the reader, I had a couple of issues.

I didn't really like Matty. Okay, he's ill in bed and missing a big exciting party. But it's hard not to let him sound whiny and annoying as you read his lines.

There's also too much "he said" and "she said" per page. It doesn't read well out loud.

Matty's adventures when his family are out is great - so well illustrated and lots of fun. I did think that it was a shame at the end when Matty's family come back having had a washout at the party, it would have been better to me if Matty had missed a great party for one of his own and acted magnanimous about it. Not superior. Just a small thought.

It's very enjoyable and really SHOULDN'T be compared to the author's previous work. It's hard though when both a Tiger and a Mog make appearances.

We'll be reading this again. And it is lovely to see Judith Kerr sill producing such beautiful work for children. Still a class above.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I ordered this latest Judith Kerr book with no prior knowledge of what it was about, beyond the title. The reason is simple - Judith Kerr is one of only two authors where their reputation precedes them to such an extent that I don't even think it's a gamble to buy something they wrote, even if I'd never heard of it (the other one is George Macdonald Fraser, for me, which would give you a very odd idea of my literary habits if I wasn't explaining here and now that The Crocodile Under The Bed was bought with my 2-year-old daughter in mind, and not because I grew up on Mog and the Tiger Who Came To Tea. Definitely not.)

The story's wonderfully simple - Matty's too ill to go to a party, so he's left with Granddad, who promptly falls asleep. Matty's then taken to a special magical party in a jungle world by a flying crocodile, has a great time, and is home before anyone realises he's gone.

My daughter loved it and was read it over and over again on the first day, at her request. I also found it amusing as an adult, especially the wonderful juxtaposing of the text and the pictures (Matty: "what if I need a drink?" Mother: "Granddad will take care of it" - and the illustration shows granddad already asleep, slumped forward in an arm chair with a newspaper slowly sliding to the floor) and the little cameo appearance of Mog (I -knew- he could make a comeback, even after Goodbye Mog!)

So there's something for children without doubt, there's something for adults, and if you know a little about Judith Kerr and her previous books, there are some hidden joys too.

It's got the right mix of fantasy and normality to keep toddlers interested time after time, it's beautifully illustrated (as are all Judith Kerr's books) and it's a joy to read. I can't recommend it highly enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely 23 May 2015
By me
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Fab story
We have enjoyed the story as ever Judith Kerr,s stories are lovely with pictures to capture children s imagination
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A lovely children's book, beautifully illustrated. Perfect for my 2-year old grand-daughter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 8 Jan. 2015
By J Black
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lovely story beautiful book perfect for a little boy for Christmas !!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 21 Nov. 2014
Format:Hardcover
What a lovely book. Just what you would expect from Judith Gautier
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 10 Nov. 2014
By JANIE
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Fab service thanks so much and the book is beautiful Many thanks JW
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 1 Feb. 2015
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Small grandson loved it, this is going to be a favourite.
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