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The Truth About Crocodiles


Series
The Truth About Your Favorite Animals

written and illustrated by
Maxwell Eaton, III

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Macmillan
Imprint
Roaring Brook
ISBN
9781250198440

Awards and Honors
2020 Green Earth Book Award for Picture Books
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Easy Reading

Did you know that crocs often keep rocks in their stomachs in order to stay underwater longer?

Did you know that baby crocs make sounds similar to kittens when they hatch?

Did you know that crocs have a lot of teeth, but don’t actually chew their food?

Discover these facts and more in this new addition to the popular series that combines raucous amounts of humor with a surprising amount of information on beloved animal friends.

Crocodile facts. Suggestions for further reading. Full-color illustrations were created using pen and ink with digital coloring.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

32

Trim Size

8" x 10"

Dewey

597.98/2

AR

3.1: points 0.5

Lexile

480L

Genre

Nonfic

Scholastic Reading Counts

3

JLG Release

Aug 2019

Book Genres


Topics

Crocodiles. Reptiles. Animal behavior and characteristics. Humor.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Kirkus Reviews, The Horn Book Magazine

Horn Book

The spotlight is on crocodiles in this lively addition to Eaton’s series (previ-ous titles presented “seriously funny facts” about hippos, bears, dolphins, and elephants). Straightforward informational prose provides a crash course on croco-dile types, diet, reproduction, habitat, and more. The cartoonlike pen-and-ink illustrations tell a story of their own, with thick black outlines and bold colors. Crocs and other creatures—including a party hat–wearing kid—are shown with speech bubbles in silly fictionalized scenarios, often cracking jokes as they react to the factual content and plan a birthday party for the kid and the baby crocs who hatch in the story. At the same time, labels and panels (often resembling wooden park signage) are featured on the visually dense pages, revealing additional facts with relatable, child-friendly explanations. “A baby croc often weighs as little as a stick of butter.” A spread of “croc country no-nos” includes safety tips; the scare factor is kept to a minimum through the use of humor and thoughtful descrip-tions. (Although humans are listed on the croc diet diagram, the only prey fiercely hunted and devoured by a croc in this book is a birthday-party piñata.) This wacky, fact-packed title can serve multiple purposes: educational, entertaining, and everything in between.

Praise & Reviews

Horn Book

The spotlight is on crocodiles in this lively addition to Eaton’s series (previ-ous titles presented “seriously funny facts” about hippos, bears, dolphins, and elephants). Straightforward informational prose provides a crash course on croco-dile types, diet, reproduction, habitat, and more. The cartoonlike pen-and-ink illustrations tell a story of their own, with thick black outlines and bold colors. Crocs and other creatures—including a party hat–wearing kid—are shown with speech bubbles in silly fictionalized scenarios, often cracking jokes as they react to the factual content and plan a birthday party for the kid and the baby crocs who hatch in the story. At the same time, labels and panels (often resembling wooden park signage) are featured on the visually dense pages, revealing additional facts with relatable, child-friendly explanations. “A baby croc often weighs as little as a stick of butter.” A spread of “croc country no-nos” includes safety tips; the scare factor is kept to a minimum through the use of humor and thoughtful descrip-tions. (Although humans are listed on the croc diet diagram, the only prey fiercely hunted and devoured by a croc in this book is a birthday-party piñata.) This wacky, fact-packed title can serve multiple purposes: educational, entertaining, and everything in between.

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