Welcome to Children's Corner book reviews from 4MBS Classic Radio FM in Brisbane. Here you will find short annotations of the children's books reviewed by Kerry Neary in Children's Corner on 4MBS, together with the details you need to find them at your favourite bookstore. Any prices shown are the publisher's Australian recommended price and may vary depending on where you shop. You are welcome to use these reviews for newsletters and the like with appropriate acknowledgement.

Dec 13, 2014

Once a creepy crocodile

Peter Taylor, illustrated by Nina Rycroft
Five Mile Press
ISBN: 9781743467282           RRP: $16.95

A crocodile creeps towards a riverbank where a young brolga is playing with some bush animal friends. Crocodile invites her for afternoon tea. Oh, the irony! Along slithers a spotty snake to distract Brolga – and I really can’t tell you more because that would truly spoil the story. Based on Waltzing Matilda, I think it is very clever to disguise such a well-known meter with an almost unrelated storyline like this. The robustly drawn cartoon style illustrations gleefully bounce along with the playfulness of this tale. For those of us who are not of fine voice, there is a CD included to help. A great gift idea for everyone to enjoy!