A Crocodile in the Family

Happy Fox. Nov. 2021. 32p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781641241298.
PreS-Gr 1–When a family of birds stumble upon a lost egg in the Australian bush, they adopt it and love it unconditionally. They’re completely unconcerned about what kind of animal will hatch, so when a crocodile pops out, the family is thrilled! They adore Croccy. The other animals in the bush don’t understand why the birds aren’t scared or anxious about a crocodile in the family. Could it be because Croccy is helpful, handsome, and fun? The bird family doesn’t need a reason—they love him because he belongs with them. Vibrant and entertaining illustrations balance the narrative well, highlighting context and providing unexpected (and humorous) detail. The characters are full of expression, so readers can easily deduce both the characters’ emotions and their development.
VERDICT With a theme of acceptance and inclusion, the bush animals help readers learn not to be scared by something (or someone) different. A solid purchase for school and public libraries.

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