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Summary: Mr. Croc has invited all his friends over for a sleepover, but some scary things seem to be happening. First, something is looking in his window. “Mr. Croc, are you scared or not?” Of course he’s not, for when you turn the page of this pop-up book out jumps a harmless owl. Next there’s a knock at the door. Flip open the door and you’ll see it is only Zebedee the zebra who has just arrived for the party. As each guest arrives there’s a corresponding pop-up that introduces the animal. But, the best is saved for last when, on the final page, Mr. Croc’s snappy puppet jumps out at the reader. This is a pop-up book for young children and children learning to read.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, interactive reading
Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 5; read yourself: 4 to 6
Interest Level: 2 to 6
Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.
Adult Reader Reaction: As pop-up books go, this is one of the better ones I have seen this year. The paper engineering is excellent and the vibrant, colorful illustrations grab the reader’s eye. All in all, this is a pretty cool book!
Pros: The story is clever and gets the kids involved. The popups are fun to share, too.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a fun book to share and you'll want to go back through just to look at how the pop-ups are made.
Educational Themes: This is a book meant to be read for fun. The first time through, you could ask your listener to predict what is going to be there / happen next.
Notes: Bob Walch, Monterey, California, sent us this review. Bob's reviews appear in the Salinas Californian, Watsonville Register-Pajaronian, Aptos Times, Ride/Western Times and Coast Views Magazine. His online reviews can be found at MyShelf, Roundtable Reviews, Parent Click, Midwest Book Review, and I Love a Mystery.