The Selfish Crocodile, Paperback

The Selfish Crocodile Paperback

Illustrated by Mike Terry

4 out of 5 (1 rating)


Every morning a very large and very snappy crocodile shouts this selfish message: 'Stay away from my river!

It's MY river! If you come in my river, I'll eat you all!' The animals in the forest don't know what to do.

They are frightened of the crocodile. Even the fish, tadpoles, frogs, crabs and crayfish stay out of the water.

Until one day, the creatures are woken by a loud groaning sound which turns out to be the selfish crocodile in a lot of pain, and the smallest of them all, a little mouse, finds a way to solve their snappy dilemma!

Astoundingly bright, bold illustrations bring to life all the wonderful creatures of the forest in a rainbow of colours.

The Author: Faustin Charles is a renowned poet and story-teller.

His collection of Afro-Caribbean rhymes was published to great success by Puffin.

This is his first picture book text. "Bloomsbury Children's Books" are also publishing his first poetry collection in October 1998, establishing Faustin as a Bloomsbury author across the board.

Faustin spends much time in schools and libraries story-telling, and is also Library Buyer for Enfield.

He lives in North London. The Illustrator: Mike Terry is most well-known for his wonderful cover illustrations for Dick King-Smith, including "The Hodgeheg" and "The Sheep-Pig" (the basis for the successful film "Babe").

This is his first picture book. Mike lives in Hythe, Kent.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32 pages, colour and b&w illustrations
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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  • Category: Picture books
  • ISBN: 9780747541936



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In this story there is a big crocodile that is very selfish. He will not let the other animals drink or bathe in his river. So, the other animals have to go miles out of their way to get something to drink. Until one day they heard a groan coming from the river and when they went to check it out they saw the crocodile laying on his back holding his jaw in pain. The animals were scared to get to close to him but there was a little mouse who was not scared at all. The little mouse crawled in the crocodiles open mouth and pulled a cracked tooth. The crocodiles pain was gone and he was so happy. He then let all the animals drink and swim in his river. I enjoyed this story. It is a great story on how to not be selfish. I think its a very good book for children to read so they can learn about how to share things. After the story the classroom could each tell about a time when they shared with someone and felt good about it.