Sunday, June 7, 2015

There Is a Crocodile Under My Bed! by Ingrid & Dieter Schubert -- OPTIONAL

Schubert, Ingrid & Dieter There Is a Crocodile Under My Bed! PICTURE BOOK. Lemniscaat, 2015. $17.95. Content: G.

When Sophie notices Carl the crocodile under her bed, she is determined not to be afraid. Carl, on the other hand, is terrified of the very demanding Sophie, and follows her every order, waiting for her to finally fall asleep so he can sneak away. This updated version of the 1980 edition has brand new illustrations.

The illustrations are indeed very eye-catching, and books that help children not be afraid of going to bed can be quite popular. However, Sophie's extreme bossiness makes her very difficult to like, and the somewhat unclear ending is likely to be lost on many children.

Pre-K, EL (K-3) -- OPTIONAL. Reviewer: Caryn

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