Croc on the Rock

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Pub Date 01 Aug 2022 | Archive Date 01 Oct 2022
Rosen Publishing, Windmill Books

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Life skills, Picture book

Sharing is hard! No one understands that more than the giant croc who sits on his rock. He chases away any other animal that comes near, aiming to have the river all to himself. But having it all is a lonely thing, and soon the croc realizes that the river is only fun when it’s shared with others. This rhyming book about sharing is sure to resonate with young readers.

Life skills, Picture book

Sharing is hard! No one understands that more than the giant croc who sits on his rock. He chases away any other animal that comes near, aiming to have the river all to...

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ISBN 9781508199076
PRICE $28.25 (USD)

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Croc on the Rock was a great book to teach kids about how important sharing can be! I loved the story of the cranky croc and how he pushed his friends away. I liked the variety of animals and good illustrations.

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A cute book about a croc who sits on a rock and doesn’t want anyone else in his river!! But then he realizes he is lonely with no other animals to keep him company. It was very cute and I liked the illustrations a lot!

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Thank you to the author, Windmill Books and NetGalley, for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This beautifully illustrated book teaches children the value of sharing - the crocodile wants the river to himself, until he realizes that he's lonely because he's driven everyone away through his selfishness. Some of the rhyming text was a bit forced, but the repeated exclamation of the selfish croc is a great counterpoint to emphasize selfishness and sharing. And I loved the broad diversity of animals that were shown sharing the river at the end of the book.

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Croc does not like to share. He loves lazily lounging on his rock all day and snaps at anyone who comes near. He wants the river all to himself believing if he scares everyone away he will get his wish. As he watches all the other animals having fun in the river he discovers that maybe sharing would be more fun. Readers will love this rhyming book with vivid illustrations.

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What a grumpy croc, who sits on his rock, chasing everyone out of HIS river! He stomps and shouts and succeeds in driving them all away, but then's awfully quiet with no one around. Has he made a mistake?

This is a wonderfully relatable book for preschool kids and gets its message across with fun and good humor. Young readers will love the repeated refrains and the lively text will make this a fantastic read-aloud book for storytime. There are plenty of animals for kids to enjoy and the illustrations are engaging and full of fun details. This would be a fantastic addition to school, classroom, and community libraries for kids 3-6!

Many thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review!

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Cute story about a cranky croc that does not want to share. He finds that once he chases his friends away with his bad attitude, he's a lonely lonely croc.

Great story about why sharing and good attitude are important to have. The images are cute and bright as is the story.

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This hilarious rhyming picture book tells the story of a crocodile who gets very upset when other animals enjoy “his” river. He yells and tells them to leave until everyone does and he realizes how lonely he is. The expressive text and large bold capital letters help readers emphasize the crocodile’s tantrums, and the hilarious illustrations of a crocodile splashing around angrily in the water add to the fun of the story. I can see this being a fun book for read aloud or shared reading experiences. As a grade 3 teacher, I would recommend this book to parents of children in the age 4-8 range. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for giving me the chance to read and review this book!

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"GET OUT OF MY RIVER! It's only meant for me!"

You'd think a cranky croc would be content with a nice warm rock, but, oh, NO, this guy wants the whole river to himself. Sometimes, however, getting what you want is not all that you hoped it would be. A cute lesson in the joys of sharing.

With delightful illustrations by Tanya Fenton.

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This is a great rhyming book with a wonderful important life lesson to be learned. The illustrations are beautiful and draw the reader into the story. The book teaches the value of sharing with those around you and not being selfish and driving others away so you can be the sole occupant and owner of something.

In this book a crotchety croc loves just basking in the sun on his rock and is mean to the other animals who want to come and enjoy the river too. A hippo, a tiger, an elephant, and a variety of other animals are confronted by this aggressive bully with the words:

yelled the croc on the rock.
"I'll eat you for my tea."

yelled the croc on the rock.
"It's only meant for me!"

Oh my! How brazen and rude and scary that old croc is!

All the animals run away as quickly as they can leaving the croc to swim, nap and laze around in the sun all alone. The next morning he awakens and there is dead movement or sounds anywhere. Did this make croc happy now or does he realize how selfish he has been and that he truly does miss the other animals as they splashed and have great fun in the river too? He discovers being alone is no fun at all and sharing makes everyone happy including himself!

I love the book and kids will delight it in it too. It definitely is a winner!

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This is a tale about a crocodile who learns that being selfish is a lonely place to be.
Sharing brings joy and companionship.
The illustrations and the storyline are simple and to the point.
Perfect for a discussion on sharing and friendship.
This is an ARC.

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Practically ten years old, this was a nice book and deserved to be picked up for a new edition. A well-sustained narrative verse rhythm bounces us through the story of the croc on the rock, scaring off all the animals from the river he claims as his property and his alone, until he misses them – not because they were his prey but because they were more friendly than he had remembered. Sometimes the illustrations do struggle with posing an irate crocodile, but who wouldn’t?! Strong stuff, and four stars plus for the brightly-delivered moral.

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Love the illustrations, all the animals are so expressive, Always am for a good rhyming. Lovely picture book about sharing and crowds

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Croc on the Rock by Marion Clark and Tanya Fenton is a fun take on many classic fables. By constantly being unwelcoming, and one-upping every animal that comes to his river, Croc soon finds himself incredibly alone, and realizes that being the best isn’t that fun when there is no one around to share the time with.

Well illustrated, and simple enough for school age readers to read on their own, this was a fun read with a great moral.

Thank you so much to Netgalley and Rosen publishing for the opportunity to read and review this title!

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Croc on the Rock
5 Stars

This is a great rhyming book that teaches a valuable lesson. As I was reading through the story, I could easily imagine a classroom of kindergarteners yelling along with Croc.


yelled the croc on the rock.

"I'll eat you for my tea."

Croc On A Rock is a fun story about a grumpy crocodile that wants to sunbathe on his rock and doesn't want to share his river. He's being selfish and bullies his friends into leaving. It doesn't take long for Croc to realize he's lonely without his friends. He apologizes. Now everyone can enjoy swimming in the river together. I love the gorgeous illustrations. They're very expressive. The underwater scenes are really neat. The text is clear and easy to read. I definitely understand why this book is popular and being released.

Thank you, NetGalley and Rosen Publishing, for an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

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This is the perfect book to keep your child captivated, with both its vivid blues and greens and its array of wild, jungle type characters. In addition, the rhymes are witty, sharp, and easy to remember and read, in a way that is playful and fun for the little ones. The best part of this one is the overall message of the importance of sharing, and friendship and community. All the rivers (or toys) in the world are not fun when you have no one to share them with.

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This delightfully illustrated children's book has great repetitive rhymes that will capture the attention of young readers and quickly get them interacting with the story. As a teacher, I thoroughly enjoy stories that have simple repetitions and rhythms, and this story did not disappoint.

The one thing I didn't love is that the croc is mean to all the animals but then later calls them his friends. With young children learning what friendship is, I wish there was something early in the story that shows these animals and the croc know each other. However, I really enjoyed the message at the end of the story that it's better to share with your friends than keep everything to yourself and be lonely. I also really like that the croc throws a temper tantrum and doesn't enjoy the result of his actions. This is another great illustration/lesson for little ones.

Overall, this story, and its beautifully executed illustrations, are sure to excite young readers.

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