The ordinary and somewhat mundane everyday commute to work becomes a lot more interesting in this exceptional story that follows a rather dapper crocodile from his home to his very surprising place of employment (wait until the final page for the big reveal).
Every morning Mr. Crocodile is awoken by his alarm clock. Rising out of bed, he opens the curtains before brushing his teeth, getting dressed and then choosing the perfect tie to match his outfit. There’s just time for a mug of coffee and a slice of toast with jam and then he heads out of the door. On board a crowded train, he makes his way towards work. But where does he work? The answer is rather surprising…
Full of wit, creativity and bursting with wonderful details, Professional Crocodile is an amazing wordless picture book with the most stunningly illustrated pictures and everyone should read it. I absolutely love picture books without words, they invite readers into a wonderful world, a world where they are left to imagine, to add words to the pictures, to make up their own stories, stories that can change and evolve with each and every reading. And you’ll definitely want to read Professional Crocodile more than once.
Fun, beautiful, surprising and delightful, this is everything a picture book should be and it exudes European charm. As the loveable reptile joins the commute to work he experiences all of the small pleasures and frustrations; from busy streets, cramped underground trains and a puddle-soaking from a passing car to window shopping, buying a newspaper, and the delicious smells of rotisserie chicken, just-baked breads and cakes, and bouquets of fresh flowers.
The commute to work is such an interesting one, people (and in this case animals) heading off in all different directions and to different jobs but often displaying the same characteristics of human behaviour on the way to wherever; claiming territory in a lift, patiently queuing, zoning into their own worlds on a busy train. In a book where animals and humans peacefully co-exist, no-one thinks anything odd of the crocodile residing in the apartment building or wandering through the city. Mr Crocodile isn’t the only one either, closer scrutiny reveals more animals impersonating humans and going about their day.
A reptile he is but Mr Crocodile has plenty of human qualities. He gets angry when he is soaked by a car-driving commuter and he displays his empathy and kindness on many occasions; tipping his hat to a fellow lift user, gifting flowers to a lady whom he passes on the way to work and stopping to feed the birds in the park.
Readers will take great pleasure in every moment spent with the most delightful of reptiles, speculating about what he is thinking as he goes about his day. Each new reading offers an opportunity to spot different things and imagine different events. Knowing the ending adds a further dimension to the story and had me quickly heading back to the start to re-read and adding new meaning to what I now knew.
Recommended for 5+.