Solomon Crocodile by Catherine Rayner

Solomon Crocodile

Written by Catherine Rayner

Baby and Toddler   3+ readers   
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Prize-winning illustrator Catherine Rayner fills her pages with big animals. This time it is Solomon the crocodile with great big teeth who wants to play - but Solomon’s idea of play is rather different from everyone else. Solomon charges and stalks - “Uh oh” - no one wants to play with him! But then someone turns up who wants to play just like Solomon… An entertaining book about different kinds of play.

Solomon Crocodile was shortlisted for the 2012 Kate Greenaway Medal. The Judges said: The depiction of the animal characters is superb, with Solomon the archetypal naughty toddler. The use of colour is exquisite throughout, and the book has a real sense of vibrancy and energy. There's such variety in the layout but the images follow on from each other perfectly.


Solomon Crocodile by Catherine Rayner

Poor Solomon is looking for some fun but no one wants to play. The dragonflies tell him to buzz off, the storks get in a flap, and the hippo? Well, the less said about the hippo, the better! But then somebody else starts causing trouble ...and for once it is NOT Solomon. Could it be the perfect pal for a lonely crocodile?

This snappy, happy book from Catherine Rayner, winner of the 2009 Kate Greenaway Medal, is now available as a board book with a beautifully foiled cover. With instantly recognisable, stunning artwork and an irresistibly cheeky central character that children will love.


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Praise for Ernest:

"The illustration in this book is simply gorgeous" - Daily Mail

"Catherine Rayner's illustrations are, as always, simply brilliant" - Literacy Time Plus

"Catherine's drawings of the large moose and his small friend with their ever-changing expressions are wonderful" - The Scotsman

About the Author

Catherine Rayner

Catherine Rayner was born in Harrogate and now lives in Edinburgh. She has a BA Hons in Visual Communication and Illustration from Leeds College of Art and Edinburgh College of Art. Much of her inspiration – and occasionally modelling! – for her illustration comes from her pets: her horse Shannon, guinea pig Marvin, dog Ellie, cat Emma and two goldfish, Bruce and Sheila. Catherine was shortlisted for the Booktrust Early Years Award Best New Illustrator in 2006, and she won the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal in 2009.

Julia Eccleshare, the editorial expert on Lovereading4kids says, Prize winning illustrator Catherine Rayner has created stunning picture books introducing delightful characters including Harris, a hare with exceptionally large feet and Ernest, a moose who is determined to get himself into a book – no mean feat when you are too big to fit in the pages. Gorgeous, warmly coloured large scale pictures lie at the heart of Catherine’s work.

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Board book
24 pages
Interest Age: From 3


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Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Publication date

1st January 2015




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