Monday, June 2, 2014

Smile, Crocodile, Smile - a book review

Hello everyone and welcome to Storywraps today.  Hope you had a great weekend.  I got out in the garden some and my plants are looking mighty fine.  I have such a lovely collection of critters out back too that make it special to go sit in the garden and watch.  Always a pleasure to take some timeout and head outside. With chai in hand I love to sit quietly and just observe nature.  It clears my head and makes me smile as I watch this amazing natural world in action.

I am going to throw out a question for you today.  I want to start for fun : "The Biggest and Best"

                           Which author has sold the most number of books of all time? 

I will give you the answer tomorrow.

Today's featured book:

Take a peek inside:

My take on the book:

Clarabella Crocodile has a problem.  She, like her friends that live with her in Mango Tree House, must daily brush their teeth before heading off into their world for the day.  The problem for  Clarabella is that she has so many teeth to brush.  By the time she finishes her laborious task all her friends have had time to play, snack and hang out together.  Just as she is finished and ready to participate guess what?  The day is over and her friends are sauntering back home, tired and happy from an exciting day together.   Then it's that dreaded time once brush your teeth once more.

Poor Clarabella, what is a crocodile to do?  She needs to practices her hygiene every day but this is crazy....she's missing out on..... living,  and having fun with her friends.  Those very friends come to her rescue and lovingly present her with a gift that will keep on her white pearly teeth, giving her time to come on out and play with them and ultimately giving her happiness.

This book is about friendship, problem solving and the importance of brushing your teeth.  The repetition in the book will appeal to the youngest readers and hopefully when they see all the animals so diligently brushing they too will want to go get their toothbrush and do the exactly the same thing.

About the author/illustrator:

I grew up in Belgium with a menagerie of pets: rabbits, dogs, chickens, guinea pigs, tropical fish and even stick insects. I spent a lot of my time writing stories and drawing pictures of my pets -and other animals like giraffes- whilst wearing stripy jumpers knitted by my favourite half-great-aunt.
When I was almost grown up, I decided to make my giraffe drawings move. So I enrolled on an animation course at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent.  Later on, I moved to London to make my short film Little Wolf at the Royal College of Art.
snapshotsI am the creator, writer and co-director of the TV series 64 Zoo Lane which has been broadcast on BBC/CBeebies since 2000.  It’s about Lucy who lives next door to a zoo and slides down the neck of Georgina the Giraffe to meet her animal friends.
I also write and illustrate picture books.   Some of my books have giraffes in them, but not all of them… Smile, Crocodile, Smile tells the tale of Clarabella Crocodile who has so many teeth it takes her all day to brush them. It won the Nottingham Children’s Book Award.
Florrie’s Dragons, a TV series based on my Dear Dragon books, is broadcast on Disney Junior. It features an assortment of dragons including a bubble-blowing one. Currently, I am working on a new short film THE TIE about the chance meeting between a small giraffe and a tall giraffe.
When I am not busy drawing , writing or directing films I like to spend time on my allotment where I grow oddly-shaped vegetables and smiley sunflowers.

Book Review Rating:  8  (Fantastic!)

Read  on and read always!  Have a great day everyone! 

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