Every morning a very large and very snappy crocodile shouts this selfish message: 'Stay away from my river! It's MY river! If you come in my river, I'll eat you all!' The animals in the forest don't know what to do. They are frightened of the crocodile. Even the fish, tadpoles, frogs, crabs and crayfish stay out of the water. Until one day, the creatures are woken by a loud groaning sound which turns out to be the selfish crocodile in a lot of pain, and the smallest of them all, a little mouse, finds a way to solve their snappy dilemma! Astoundingly bright, bold illustrations bring to life all the wonderful creatures of the forest in a rainbow of colours. The Author: Faustin Charles is a renowned poet and story-teller. His collection of Afro-Caribbean rhymes was published to great success by Puffin. This is his first picture book text. "Bloomsbury Children's Books" are also publishing his first poetry collection in October 1998, establishing Faustin as a Bloomsbury author across the board. Faustin spends much time in schools and libraries story-telling, and is also Library Buyer for Enfield. He lives in North London.
The Illustrator: Mike Terry is most well-known for his wonderful cover illustrations for Dick King-Smith, including "The Hodgeheg" and "The Sheep-Pig" (the basis for the successful film "Babe"). This is his first picture book. Mike lives in Hythe, Kent.
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(245mm x 274mm x 4mm)
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US Kirkus Review »
A weak story that has echoes of familiar folktales, but no resonance. A selfish crocodile who lived "deep in the forest" commands all the other animals to stay away from the river, which he considers his. "I'll eat you up!" he warns. The animals have to walk "for miles out of their way" to find drinking water. One day the crocodile has a toothache, and when the others are too frightened to get close, a mouse pulls the tooth and promises to help him in the future. Consequently, the crocodile invites all the creatures to enjoy the river, although the connection between having a friend and declaring open house is left vague. The illustrations have a greeting-card charm, with 13 animals trudging off for water bearing the same pop-eyed, frowning expression. When the crocodile groans in pain, the animals don't look toward the source of sound, but up in the air at the words "GROAN . . . GROAN." (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Faustin Charles
Michael Terry's picture books for Bloomsbury include The Selfish Crocodile, Little Hotchpotch and Rhino's Horns. Michael is well-known for his characterful animal illustrations, in particular for the novels of Dick King-Smith where, amongst others, he created the cover for The Hodgeheg. Michael lives in Hythe, Kent.