My Baby Crocodile

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Enchanted Lion Books
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8.6 X 12.3 X 0.6 inches | 1.3 pounds

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About the Author
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.
"A crocodile is out hunting when he finds a baby crocodile, who resembles him in shape -- though if you look closely, it's a human child wearing knight's armor. The hair-raising tale of mistaken identity that follows slowly becomes a touching story of opposites meeting across the species divide. In time, boy and beast become not just allies but something like family. Dorémus's illustrations have a riveting, spiky beauty, with pages covered in fierce pencil strokes and nuclear-sunset colors."--Maria Russo, The New York Times

"Klinger's translation is skillful, and the story has the scale and gravity of a novel. Is this love or détente? It's for readers to decide." -- Publishers Weekly

"A tender episode, if an odd one." Kirkus Reviews

"Superbly translated from the original French, My Baby Crocodile is a distinctive children's picturebook about a most unusual family relationship that blurs predator-prey lines. When an aged crocodile stumbles across a human boy in knights armor, he mistakes the boy for a baby crocodile, and hilarity ensues! Can he teach his adopted "crocodile" how to swim (the heavy armor doesn't help) and how to hunt? Eventually the truth must come out, but humans and crocodiles are mortal enemies in the natural world. Can this unlikely duo truly learn to trust one another? A fondly bittersweet story, alternately told from the perspectives of both characters and brilliantly brought to life with distinctive, crosshatched color artwork, My Baby Crocodile is highly recommended." --The Midwest Book Review
"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