Monday, January 30, 2017

grandma's bookshelf - Crocodaddy . . . I'm Giving One Away!

I can always tell if one of the books I receive for review is a big “hit” with my grandsons, because when one is, it usually makes it into their backpacks to go to their house with them! Of course, I’m always happy to send books home with the boys for them to enjoy and one book I recently received for review did not stay at my house for long – I’m happy to let you know about this book today . . . and announce a giveaway for it as well!

Author – Kim Norman
Illustrator – David Walker
Publisher – Sterling Children’s Books
Ages – 3-7

Favorite Features –

     1.  I love the colorful illustrations . . . and the fun details to watch for, such as the “croc” wearing the same swim shorts as the daddy!
     2.  I enjoyed the story about a boy playing with his daddy.
     3.  Encourages imagination, fun and family time together!

Sterling Children’s Books says; “Celebrate the imagination—and the love between father and son—with this new board book edition of a fun, rhyming, and totally original story. On a hot summer's day, a young boy playfully sets out on a “crocodaddy hunt” in the lake. Following the creature's shadow, dark and wet, he's soon taking a wild ride on the grinning croc's back. And when they leave the water, something wonderful happens: Crocodaddy transforms into… just DADDY. Bright, energetic illustrations (complete with wily crocodile in Dad's swim trunks) highlight the story's humor and warmth.

While I did have to tell my youngest grandson Crocodaddy was not really a scary story about a boy in the water with a real crocodile (and talk about how we would not really get in the water with real crocodiles or alligators – not that this would be a problem in Michigan!), once he was not scared by the idea of the story, he really did enjoy it a lot. This book went straight home! I enjoy stories which encourage family fun and playing together and this story does both!

I’m very happy to say, not only did Sterling Children’s Books send me one copy of Crocodaddy for me to review, but they are making another available for me to give away (USA only)! If you are over the age of 18 and would like to enter this drawing for Crocodaddy - which will be on February 14, 2017, please comment below to tell me about an animal which you would enjoy swimming with . . . for me it would be the unlikely Basset Hound . . . I say, “unlikely”, because every Basset Hound we have had has hated swimming . . . even though they are excellent swimmers!

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  1. I'd love to go swimming with Gracie, our yellow lab. She loves to swim! I don't know why I've never done it. I follow on Facebook, Google +, and by email through my Feedly reader.