Synopsis from Macmillan Publishers:
From writer/illustrator Maxwell Eaton III, The Truth About Crocodiles is the fifth installment in his hilarous series offering another lighthearted look filled with useful facts about crocodiles that will make you laugh so hard, you won’t even realize you’re learning something!
Did you know that crocs often keep rocks in their stomachs in order to stay underwater longer?
Did you know that baby crocs make sounds similar to kittens when they hatch?
Did you know that crocs have a lot of teeth, but don’t actually chew their food?
Discover these facts and more in this addition to the popular series that combines raucous amounts of humor with a surprising amount of information on beloved animal friends.
About: The Truth About Crocodiles is a nonfiction children’s picture book written and illustrated by Maxwell Eaton III. It was published on 5/7/2019 by Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers, hardcover, 32 pages. The genres are picture book, children’s book, animals, and nonfiction. This book is intended for readers ages 4 to 8. There are 8 books in this series called The Truth About Your Favorite Animals: book 1 is The Truth About Hippos, book 2 is The Truth About Bears, book 3 is The Truth About Dolphins, book 4 is The Truth About Elephants, book 5 is The Truth About Crocodiles, book 6 is The Truth About Hawks, book 7 is The Truth About Butterflies, book 8 is The Truth About Parrots. According to the publisher’s website, “Roaring Brook Press is a publisher of high-quality literature for young readers of all ages, from toddler to teen, and in all categories: picture books, fiction, and nonfiction.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading The Truth About Crocodiles for my daughter on 6/6/2021 and finished it that same day. We read it again on 6/8/2021 before nap time. This book was a wonderful read! I just realized belatedly that those croc shoes must have got its name after crocodiles because the author called them crocs! I’m surprised to learn of the third type of croc. I liked the page that informed readers on how to spot the differences between the three croc families. Definitely interesting facts about these croc’s jaws/teeth and what they eat! Yikes! Although the title of this book says crocodiles, alligators are part of the croc family too. These animals sounds like they have it all. From the facts within this book, it’s cool that they can stay on land and under water and they can live in many areas.
This book started out by introducing the crocodiles’ scientific name and how to pronounce it. Then readers will learn where in the world these crocs can be found. The illustrations showcased the three different crocs and what small differences they have to tell them a part. Each page new croc facts popped up: reptiles, cold-blooded, walk and run on land, don’t chew its foods with its teeth, and so much more. Readers will learn about how seriously crocs take about their parenting. Unlike some animals who abandoned their kids after they are born, these crocs takes care of the little ones.
The Truth About Crocodiles was fascinating to read. I had no idea little baby crocs make cat sounds. The size of them from small baby crocs to adult crocs sounds massive. I found animals who swallowed their foods whole interesting and I only knew that about snakes but as I learned, crocs do that too. The croc country No-Nos are helpful. The review at the end of the book was a plus. I enjoyed the illustrations and how closely resembled they are to real crocs. Fantastic facts. I highly recommend everyone to read this book!
I rate it 5 stars!
Tag Lines: crocodile, alligator, humor, illustrations, animal quick facts
About the Author and Illustrator:
Maxwell Eaton III is a highly tolerated author and illustrator of numerous books for children, including his The Truth About Your Favorite Animals series, which includes entries on dolphins, elephants, crocodiles, and more. When he isn’t drawing talking animals, Eaton can be found in a canoe with his wife and daughter in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State. (Photo obtained from the author’s Instagram page and info obtained from Macmillan’s website. Book pictures obtained from Edelweiss).
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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to MacKidsBooks for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.