Thursday 10 December 2015

The Crocodolly

The Crocodolly by Martin McKenna (Scholastic Australia)
HB RRP $24.99
ISBN 978-1-74299-071-2

Reviewed by Jenny Heslop

Adelaide is a very busy girl. She is always making things and is very ingenious. But she is not allowed to have pets. So, when a crocodile appears from an egg she was cracking to make a cake she hatches one of her plans to keep it by disguising it as a dolly. How long will she be able to keep this crocodile under wraps?

In an amusing string of events her secret is eventually discovered. And after annoying most of the people in town, Adelaide now needs to come up with a new plan to save her crocodolly.

This bright, glossy, loud story, full of off-beat humour is great fun. The illustrations of the trail of destruction left by Ozzy the crocodile give subtle clues as to how Adelaide’s problem will eventually be solved.

Young readers will enjoy the exploits of Adelaide as Ozzy stomps, squishes and rolls his way through the book.

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