Fossil loves peace and quiet, and as much as he loves his friends too, sometimes they can be a bother. What happens when the noisy bunch comes by to play at nap time? Are crocodiles as fierce as they say? The Quiet Crocodile is an entertaining story with a surprising end that will engage both parents and children time and again. The lovingly drawn, charming illustrations are full of thoughtful details that offer something new with each reading. An added bonus are clever color dots that appear alongside the text for each new animal entering the story, introducing children to the concept of symbols and encouraging them to name colors as they count Fossil’s many friends.
Fossil the crocodile loves peace and quiet, but he also loves his friends. The one problem is that Fossil knows that crocodiles are known for being fierce, and he’s worried of scaring his friends. But Fossil’s friends know that he’s not scary at all, and they all end up playing together happily.
The story here is a fairly simple one, with very limited text, but it’s the charming illustrations that are the real stars of the show, with each of Fossil’s friends illustrated in softly coloured detail.
There is one thing to note here – it seems that the French aren’t too concerned with depictions of smoking, as there is one character, a monkey, who is shown puffing away on a pipe. I have to admit that this took me a bit by surprise, but hopefully it won’t dissuade caregivers from picking up this strangely charming little import.
Colorful, simple and fun, The Quiet Crocodile is worth taking a look at, though I really wish that monkey would kick the habit!
The Quiet Crocodile
Hardcover, 40 pages
October 3, 2017 : Princeton Architectural Press
Source: Raincoast Books