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Watch out for the crocodile, Lisa Moroni & Eva Eriksson

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Watch out for the crocodile
Title
Watch out for the crocodile
Statement of responsibility
Lisa Moroni & Eva Eriksson
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Genre
Language
  • eng
  • swe
  • eng
Summary
Tora and her father set out to go camping, as Tora imagines a forest filled with all sorts of wild animals and tries to convince her father that they're real
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Tone
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Illustration
Review
  • Preschool-Grade 2 Tora can’t wait to go camping with her father, but when they start hiking through the forest, she is disappointed that the only animal she sees is an ant. The imaginative girl starts to envision tree trunks as giraffes, boulders as hippos, and stumps as trolls. As they cross a stream by walking on a log, their improvised bridge turns into a crocodile that attacks her father until she fights it off. Finally, Tora and Dad reach their campsite, pitch their tent, and settle down happily for the night. Literal-minded children may be startled by the crocodile attack, since this is the first instance of Dad playing along with one of Tora’s fantasies, giving it credibility. Many kids, though, will understand that Tora’s powerful imagination is at play, and they will find it satisfying to watch her deal with the croc. Translated from the Swedish, the engaging text reads aloud well. The lively illustrations—pencil drawings with watercolor washes, created by Astrid Lindgren Award–winning artist (and Moroni’s mother) Eriksson—are first rate. -- Phelan, Carolyn (Reviewed 05-15-2014) (Booklist, vol 110, number 18)
  • PreS-Gr 2 — Tora thinks all her father does is "work, drink coffee, sit at the computer, and talk on his cell phone," so she's especially excited when he announces a camping trip in the forest, even though she has to endure a shopping trip for supplies and a long car ride to get there. Contrary to her expectations, though, the forest proves to be a pretty dull place with no animals in sight—until Tora begins to see the environment through the eyes of her imagination. While her father walks through the woods, cell phone in hand, Tora sees a tree root as a dangerous snake, tree limbs as giraffes, an object in the grass as a crouching lion, and a collection of boulders as "sunbathing hippopotamuses." She even turns tree stumps into troll playmates. Finally, dad joins in the fun, yelping as Tora "saves" him from a log turned into a flesh-eating crocodile and convincing her that a tree-lined island is a "water dragon, asleep in the lake." Eriksson's large, mixed-media illustrations shift seamlessly from a predominantly green forest setting to the soft yellow African plains where several of Tora's imaginary animals dwell. Father and daughter appear as cartoon figures sporting a variety of facial expressions. Pair this with Mo Willems's I'm a Frog (Hyperion, 2013) to encourage youngsters to see themselves and their environment in a new light.—Marianne Saccardi, formerly at Norwalk Community College, CT --Marianne Saccardi (Reviewed April 1, 2014) (School Library Journal, vol 60, issue 4, p129)
  • A redheaded pixie takes to the woods with her father in hopes of seeing cavemen and other wild things. "All Dad does is work," says Tora, the pint-sized narrator. "He is a very boring father." Gee, what does a guy have to do to cop a break? Take his wee one to the forest, for a start; in the green gloaming of the trees live great and fearful creatures, which are just Tora's cup of tea. And if it turns out that their forest has more ants, squirrels and woodpeckers than hyenas and Bigfeet, then it is time for a little blue-sky thinking: That root is a boa constrictor (or maybe an anaconda), that hump of rocks is a crash of hippos, and that copse of birch trees is a tower of giraffes. (In the book, the congregation of giraffes is referred to as a flock, which may have something to do with the book having been originally written in Swedish.) All it takes is looking the right way, Tora tells her father, who is caught on his GPS or cellphone once too often. The artwork is deft and atmospheric, with a delicacy that lets the creative imagination loose. When it comes time for the father to show his stuff, he doesn't let Tora down, boring as he is, with a water dragon. A water dragon "only eats fish fingers," he assures her. An evocative nod to the power of lateral thinking and flights of fancy. (Picture book. 4-8)(Kirkus Reviews, March 1, 2014)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10308294
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1983-
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Moroni, Lisa
Dewey number
[E]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Language note
First published in Sweden, and subsequently published in the English language by arrangement with Bonnier Carlsen Bokf诲laget
Literary form
fiction
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  • -1
  • 2
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Eriksson, Eva
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True
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  • Animals
  • Camping
  • Animals
  • Imagination
  • Fathers and daughters
  • Camping
  • Imagination
  • Fathers and daughters
Target audience
juvenile
Label
Watch out for the crocodile, Lisa Moroni & Eva Eriksson
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volume
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Control code
000052788580
Dimensions
21 x 27 cm.
Extent
1 volume of unnumbered pages
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9781877579899
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Other physical details
colour illustrations
Label
Watch out for the crocodile, Lisa Moroni & Eva Eriksson
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Control code
000052788580
Dimensions
21 x 27 cm.
Extent
1 volume of unnumbered pages
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9781877579899
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Other physical details
colour illustrations

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