Children’s Book Review “Solomon Crocodile” Catherine Rayner


In his swampy home, Solomon is looking for fun but nobody wants to play. The dragonflies tell him to buzz off, the storks get in a flap, and the hippo is downright huffy. But then somebody else starts making a ruckus . . . and for once it is NOT Solomon. Could it be the perfect pal for a lonely croc? Matching vibrant art with rollicking words, Scottish artist Catherine Rayner has created a funny, reassuring story about a rambunctious youngster who chases off the friends he’s trying to make.

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This is a sweet story about finding a like-minded friend. In a lot of ways this story reminded me of my son.  As I was reading it to him for the first time, I couldn’t help but wonder if my son sympathized with Solomon. After having the book for several days I can safely say he does. 

My son is a very energetic almost three year old and, like Solomon, is always getting into trouble. Not trouble per say, more like he is looking to have fun and make friends. 

You wouldn’t think that would be such a big deal for such a small child but, it is. Solomon has a lot of fun doing things that others don’t find very fun at all. Like Solomon, my son often has these same issues.

My son’s favorite part of the book is the ending. He told me it’s because Solomon has a friend.

Beautiful story.

Five Stars.

5 stars

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The Technical Data:

Title: Solomon Crocodile | Author(s): Catherine Rayner | Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux  / Publication Date: 12-20-2011 |Pages: 32 (Hardcover) | ISBN: 978-0374380649 | Genre(s): Children’s Fiction  | Language:English |
Rating: 5 out of 5 |  Date Read: 6-8-2016 | Source: Copy from Library

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