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Two Tough Crocs
by David Bedford
Tom Jellett, Illustrator

Trade Binding | 24 pages | 9 5/8 x 9 5/8 | US$ 16.95
ISBN: 9780823430482 | 01-01-2014

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: FIRST | Age: 4 to 8

Themes: Acceptance & Belonging, Animals/Fiction, Bullies, Friendship, Humor
Recommendations: A, C, PW, SLJ

CCSS Codes:
K-2: RL. 1, 3, 7
1: RL. 4

About the Book
Two equally tough crocodile bullies undergo an attitude adjustment when the toughest croc of all arrives in their swamp.

Sylvester is a big, tough croc. So is Arnold. They wear tough-croc shirts, tough-croc vests, and tough-croc boots. They put on their ugliest tough-croc faces when they bully the other animals in the swamp. But they are no match for Betty the Bad, who shows up one day and sends them flying into the deepest, boggiest hole in the swamp. Will Sylvester and Arnold have to find a new home?

With hilarious illustrations by Tom Jellett, this is a satisfying tale of three bullies who ultimately learn that being the "bigger croc" sometimes means lending a helping claw when it's needed most.


“How the two adversaries work together, though unintentionally . . . makes for an animated read-aloud.”"—Booklist

“The crocodiles similarly blend silly and scary with their seriously sharp claws but bug-eyed expressions and approachable outfits. . . . There’s a gleeful compactness in the setup . . . and the story is pleasingly humorous.”—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books