by Delphine Perret

French author-illustrator Perret's divertissement contains a bouquet of comedic moments. Pedro Crocodile greets his cousin George, who's having a crisis: "I'm fed up with everyone calling me a crocodile. I am an alligator!" he complains. The two sneak into a school to see whether elementary-school children are to blame, and whether they might be edible, as well. "Silence, Josephine, concentrate!" says teacher Mrs. Muiche. "But, miss, there is a crocodile biting my foot!" After defeat at the hands of Josephine, whose judo belt is "yellow-orangey," the reptiles' visit is celebrated with Crocodile and Alligator Week ("They had several wonderful days full of green crepe paper"). Perret (The Big Bad Wolf and Me) draws Pedro and George as tubby, slow-moving couch potatoes—their lime bodies and the children's pink faces are the only spots of color in the wiry line drawings—and she has great fun spoofing customs like weekly dictation, an institution in French schools. Pedro and George seem like a pair who could have an endless series of adventures; a sequel would be welcome. 

Pedro and George

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  • About The Author Delphine Perret has a degree from the Decorative Arts School in Strasbourg. She is the author-illustrator of more than a dozen titles published at Éditions Thierry Magnier and l’Atelier du Poisson Soluble, which have been translated into several languages. She has illustrated many other titles at Le Seuil, Syros, and Bayard. Her work is often very minimalist. She explores subjects such as the relationship between text and images, words and their sounds, everyday life and the imagination we can instill into it. She lives in Lyon, France, where she also co-founded an art gallery. ISBN-13: 9781481429252 Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers Publication date: 06/02/2015 Pages: 32 Age Range: 4 - 8 Years - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Alligators & Crocodiles - Humorous Stories - Social Issues | New Experience - Crocodiles -Alligators - Cousins -Humorous stories