Told from two different perspectives, My Little Crocodile is about a chance meeting between a crocodile and what he believes to be a "baby crocodile." This meeting profoundly changes their lives, which then continue along their own individual paths, though the bonds of love and intimacy remain. The story plays with ideas about the relationship between parent and child as well as with those about how how deeply chance and the choices we make affect us throughout our lives.
Born in 1971, Gaëtan Dorémus received his degree from the School of Decorative Arts in Strasbourg, France, in 1999, after which he picked up a few other degrees while creating picture books and illustrations for the press. Dorémus has illustrated over twenty books and has produced hundreds of editorial illustrations and cartoons. He loves to bicycle ride, walk in the mountains, and eat green tomatoes with cinnamon. In 2006, he became a papa.
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"Dorémus' scratchy colored-pencil drawings are uproariously funny, depicting the giant rosy croc obliviously trying to care for the knight, whose helmet carries a surprisingly rich range of expressions. The text, moreover, in a scrawly red font, amplifies the humor with its hilarious contrast to the artfully abstract pictures." Booklist "OMG this book is incredible! It had us all laughing on the floor. While I drooled over the illustrations and cleverness of it all." --The Reading Ninja "A spirited tale of love, loss, and the endurance of friendship." School Library Journal "Changing perspectives accompany beautiful illustrations in a slightly elongated picture book that will stand out in many ways." The Easy Reader Shelf "Stumbling across a 'baby crocodile' in the swamp, a farsighted but well-meaning crocodile decides to take care of it. This is no simple task since the 'baby' is actually a tiny knight wearing armor. Unable to understand why the baby can't swim, hunt, and even starts to rust after a while, Crocodile tries ever harder to take care of him. But what happens when Crocodile realizes his mistake?
This picture book has a wonderful message of acceptance no matter what you are, or where you're from. Riddled with mistaken well-meaning, amusing misunderstandings. The Baby Crocodile even addresses the conflict of those who struggle to understand and learn about others they might be confused by. We all may be different, and that's okay. What matters is what we decide to make of it. Great read-out-loud for pre-school and early elementary families to share."--The Scoop- The Blog For Kids World, Eisenhower Public Library