So what is a crocodile’s favourite thing? Perhaps it is driving a car made out of a sausage? Or could it be doing ballet while dressed as a princess? Or eating a dirty pants sandwich? Of course not, silly! But you’ll have to read the book yourself to find out what it is.
This book is bonkers! Truly bonkers! And hurrah for that, for a child’s bookcase is not complete without a bit of zaniness and icky-stuff related humour.
What I really love about this book though, is its gender neutrality. It isn’t obviously marketed at boys or at girls and even if you play the gender game with the cover it is still very tricky to place it in a gender camp. The cover is yellow with pink and blue writing. It just looks bright and colourful and fun- not boyish or girlish.
Inside there are all sorts of adventures and much craziness, from riding a tricycle made of jelly on the moon to having a bath full of mud and worms. The illustrations are full of funny the-more-you-look-the-more-you-see details that will encourage children to talk about and giggle over the pictures and scenarios. My personal favourite is the lemur with his many exasperated expressions.
Hurrah to Ben Hawkes for creating a picture book that celebrates children’s love of all things bonkers and for creating it in a way that will appeal to all children, not just the traditional four year old boy category. It’s great to see.
I think this could prove to be a brilliant book for encouraging children that ‘don’t do books’ to sit down and have a look, or a listen, or both. I shall certainly be putting it to the test at the Rainbow library and seeing which children it appeals to and whether it can entice those reluctant children around the edges.
No pressure, Mr Hawkes! I’m going in!
What is a Crocodile’s Favourite Thing? was published 4th April by Jonathan Cape.
Source: Kindly sent for review by the publisher.