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Children's Fiction Alligators & Crocodiles

Crocs in a Box

3 Little Books

by (author) Robert Heidbreder

illustrated by Rae Maté

Tradewind Books
Initial publish date
Sep 2020
Alligators & Crocodiles, Humorous Stories, Imagination & Play
Recommended Age
3 to 5
Recommended Grade
k to 1
Recommended Reading age
3 to 5
  • Unknown

    Publish Date
    Sep 2020
    List Price

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Three of Robert Heidbreder’s most beloved books return in this collector’s box set of mini-books. Bright and charming illustrations by Rae Maté complement the hilarious rhyming text of Crocs at Work, Crocodiles Say, and Crocodiles Play. Treat yourself to the world of these reptilian friends and discover what makes them tick. When one book closes, another one opens, and the fun never stops! A scaly treat for the whole family!

About the authors

Robert Heidbreder was born in Illinois but now lives in British Columbia. He has enchanted children with his joyful poems and rhymes for more than two decades. A former elementary school teacher (and winner of the Prime Minister's Award for Teaching Excellence), he believes that children's love of silly and absurd combinations of words makes them natural poets. His books include Eenie Meenie Manitoba, Don't Eat Spiders, I Wished for a Unicorn, Drumheller Dinosaur Dance, Python Play, See Saw Saskatchewan, Crocodiles Say, A Sea-Wishing Day, Lickety-Split, Crocodiles Play, Shake-Awakes, Noisy Poems for a Busy Day, Black and Bittern Was Night and Song for a Summer Night.

Robert Heidbreder's profile page

Rae Maté illustrator of Crocodiles Say, and the sporty new sequel, Crocodiles Play! Rae Maté has always loved making pictures. She has been painting and showing her work professionally since she graduated from Emily Carr College of Art and Design in 1986 . Rae also enjoys teaching art to preschoolers, and she divides her painting time between her home studios in Vancouver and Hornby Island BC.

Rae Maté's profile page

Editorial Reviews

“Clear, cheerful colors, a sunshiny atmosphere and a pleasant, wicked ebullience make Crocs at Work perfect story-time choice.”

Toronto Star

“Heidbreder’s bouncy verse and the mayhem and imagination of Maté’s energetic illustrations for Crocodiles Say... will leave kids joyous with laughter.”

The Toronto Star

"Masters of their craft, Heidbreder and Maté are at their mischievous best in these tales. The rhyming text sparkles. Heidbreder, who has enchanted children for many years with his poems and stories, and illustrator Maté brilliantly conspire to bring the reader a croc world of joyful mayhem."

The BC Review

“Teachers and students will have fun brainstorming what Crocs at Work might do. What mischievousness might a croc hairdresser, policeman, firefighter or pilot get up to? It’s all in the imagination. Take it as far as you can and have some fun.”

CM Reviews

"This collection would make a great Chanukah gift, expected or not!"

Jewish Independent

“An entirely nonserious, delightfully welcome look at the world of work.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Crocodiles Play is an inventive tale about an eccentric approach to organized sports as jocular? Describe it any way you like, it does the trick, animating . . . Rae Maté's large, comic creatures.”

The Globe & Mail

Other titles by Robert Heidbreder

Other titles by Rae Maté