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Crocodiles are the Best Animals of All! Hardcover – 9 Apr 2009

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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books (9 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845079043
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845079048
  • Product Dimensions: 27.4 x 22.7 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,262,326 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Format: Hardcover
I am buying this because my 2 1/2 year old borrowed it from the library and won't let me take it back. He has insisted we read it every day and loves joining in with the rhymes. Best of all, I haven't got bored of it yet! Great fun.
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Saw this book being reviewed in the Express newspaper with good reviews. Not disappointed it is charming. Bought it for my 2.5 year old grandson.
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What a great story, my kids loved this book. Very funny!! An ideal book for children to read alone or share.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cute, with a good message for young children 4 Nov. 2010
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Format: Hardcover
The preschoolers I teach really liked this story. Crocodile is very talented but learns in this story that nobody likes a show-off!! He seems to be able to do everything the other animals can do, until he gets to Donkey. See if the kids can guess why Crocodile can't perform Donkey's trick! The story teaches in a gentle way that everybody is good at something, but nobody's good at everything!I also like the rhyming text and very cute animals.
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