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Fine but overrated
on 9 May 2014
This is a story about a crocodile who doesn't want to share his river with the other creatures. Then one day he has a pain in his jaw. All the other creatures wonder what is the matter with the crocodile but nobody tries to help. A mouse then runs onto the crocodile's tummy while the other creatures stare and assume he'll be eaten. The mouse climbs into the crocodile's mouth and pulls out one of the crocodile's teeth, relieving the crocodile of his pain. The crocodile lets the mouse get rid of the tooth and says when he has done that he can back and he'll have a present. The mouse does that and the crocodile gives him a nut. The crocodile and mouse become friends. The crocodile then decides to share the river with all the other creatures.
The book has nice bold pictures, but the text feels a bit uninspired and the story didn't quite hang together well enough for me. My 3 year old quite enjoyed it - we read it 3 or 4 times over the course of a week and then he lost interest. I didn't mind reading it, but it wasn't a book that I would have wanted to read lots and lots of time. It was a perfectly fine book to get out the library as we did, but not sure that I would bother buying a copy.