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Solomon Crocodile by Catherine Rayner

Just look at the cover of this book! It’s irresistible. a Crocodile Smile, innocent (?!) eyes, GLITTER, and the words “Uh-oh, here comes trouble!” Who could resist? Not me, I had to drop everything I was doing to pick up this title.

Catherine Rayner uses soft colors and simple layouts to create a delightful title that will be enjoyed by preschoolers and kindergartners again and again. The vocabulary delightfully rolls off your tongue. Teachers looking for examples of figurative language will appreciate phrases like “Solomon splats and slops” and the use of synonyms. Storytime readers will be able to encourage student participation and anticipation with simple repetition of the phrase “Go away, you’re nothing but…”

Poor Solomon may not be the best role model for making friends, but preschoolers will laugh at the antics of this crocodile who only wants to tease and torment the other animals for a moment of levity.  The design of the illustrations highlights this paint-spattered crocodile just looking for fun. Count me a fan of Catherine Rayner’s work.

Solomon Crocodile by Catherine Rayner. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $15.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-374-38064-9.