Crocodiles are the Best Animals of All! Hardcover – 9 Apr 2009
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One to Watch: A vibrantly illustrated read aloud treat, shortlisted for the Dahl Funny Prize. (Bookseller)
Taylor and Shaw are perfectly paired in this vibrantly illustrated read aloud treat that was deservedly shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize. There is a gentle moral message, and I suspect it will stand any number of re-readings. (Children's Bookseller)
Sean Taylor's playful rhyme has a Julia Donaldson style charm to it and Hannah Shaw's toothy animals add to the fun as the boastful croc is forced to learn an important new skill - being humble! (Junior)
Rhyming text and humourous pictures make for great amusement and a terrific readaloud. (School Librarian)
Hannah Shaw's illustrations for crocodiles are particularly great. They have a quirky simplicity that brings out the story's humour, as crocodile tries to show how is the best at everything. (Bath Life!)
Lots of rhyme and aliteration tempt young children to have fun reading this book… It's a cautionary tale which usefully shows that it is wrong to boast but also that it's okay to be proud of what you can do. The bold expressive illustrations make the point perfectly. (Carousel)
The story is written in rhyme with lots of amusing comments and comical pictures. It is great to read aloud.. The story ends with a lovely simple twist ad could be used with older children to help them understand about being boastful! (Child Care)
About the Author
Sean Taylor is a children's author, storyteller and teacher with experience of creative writing teaching in three continents. His books include The Great Snake, Purple Class and the Skelington, Purple Class and the Flying Spider, Crocodiles Are the Best Animals of All and the multi-award-winning When a Monster is Born. He lives partly in England and partly in Brazil where his wife is from.
Hannah Shaw graduated from Brighton University with a BA in Illustration. Since then she has worked as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer, but has also worked in a chocolate shop and a bead factory. Since childhood she has had a passion for writing stories and creating characters to illustrate them. She currently lives in a tiny village in Gloucestershire with Ben the blacksmith and Ren the dog. Her books include Evil Weasel which won the Cambridgeshire Children's Picture Book Award in 2009 (voted for by 8,000 children) and Crocodiles are the Best Animals of All with Sean Taylor for Frances Lincoln.
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