Why Crocodiles Smile: Cric Croc discovers nature’s wonders
Anthony W Buirchell
Cric Croc Enterprises, 2017
32pp., pbk., RRP $A16.95
Young children are warned from an early age to “never smile at a crocodile” but what if the crocodile smiles at you?
Cric the Crocodile has spent a week with his family in the Daintree region of Far North Queensland but he is puzzled because all the crocodiles he met smiled all the time. So his dad Crisis explains why.
The bull Crocodile was a sneaky beast
It was looking around for a scrumptious feast
With big yellow eyes it searched around
Looking for food from the watery ground.
And as those big yellow eyes alighted on a possible meal, it smiled with anticipation. But the creatures – cassowaries, brolgas, cormorants, barramundi and a host of other beautiful creatures indigenous to the area- were smarter that Crocodile and took themselves out of harm’s way very quickly. Until an unwary Pelican came by…
Like its predecessors the story is told in rhyme as young readers are introduced to a range of Australia’s unique but less familiar creatures. Beautiful drawings by Pickawoowoo illustrator, Laila Savolainen bring the text to life with their accuracy and spectacular colour palettes as well as inspiring interest in the flora and fauna of a part of Australia that would be unfamiliar to many. It also introduces the concept of the food chain – after all, the crocodile does have to eat – and perhaps an investigation into the mechanisms that Mother Nature provides so that creatures do not become easy prey.
A worthy addition to the library’s collection of books for younger readers that introduce them to the amazing wonders of this country.