Here at JAB HQ, we are huge fans of wordless picture books and the possibilities they offer. When I found this whilst on holiday this year, I just loved the illustrations and the story.
Every morning, Mr Crocodile wakes from his dreams of floating lazily on the water to the sound of his alarm clock. Getting up, he sets about the business of getting ready and joining all the other busy commuters on their way to work. We follow him through the streets, to the shops until he reaches his final destination.
There are so many details to spot in each spread and so many stories to create along the way. Where might he be going as he sets off from his flat? What has caught his eye in the shop window? Why is the driver of the car which splashes through the puddle so thoughtless and angry? Mr Crocodile is not the only unusual passenger on the tube train, yet everyone is so wrapped up in their own lives that they don’t notice.
Mr Crocodile is kind- he leaves flowers for a lady as he makes his way through the park. There is a whole story that could be told here, using different viewpoints. His work, when he arrives, is the perfect job for a crocodile and makes you think about the other animals and their secret lives! The monkeys in their enclosure certainly seem to have found a range of ways of entertaining themselves.
The illustrations are an absolute joy, full of details and humour. This is a real treasure! Published in England as ‘Professional Crocodile’, this wonderful book offers plenty to discuss and enjoy.
Professional Crocodile Giovanna Zoboli, illustrated by Mariachiara di Giogio
Chronicle Books ISBN: 978-1452165066