Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it is a wordless story (and I love well-done wordless stories!) about enjoying one’s life.
Written by Giovanna Zoboli
Illustrated by Mariachiara Di Giorgio
32 pages – ages 4+
Published by Chronicle Books on August 1, 2017
Theme/Topic- Appreciation of every day moments? I don’t know. It’s really good though!
Opening and Synopsis- Opening: [Wordless Picturebook]
Synopsis from Publisher: “Mr. Crocodile loves his job. Every morning he gets up with an alarm. He brushes his teeth. He chooses the right tie to match his outfit, eats a quick slice of toast, and heads off to work on a crowded train. But what exactly is his job? The answer may surprise you!”
What I Thought- Zoboli and Di Giorgio have created an awesome silent picture book. The illustrations draw a lot of attention to daily life, and I like how Mr. Crocodile is not only reacted to as a human, but as a crocodile too (some people are a bit unsure of his presence, but it is generally accepted that he is a regular guy). The illustrations are immensely pleasant to look at! The muted tones play along with the setting. The illustrations have so much feeling and emotion to them. Just take a look –
The story is simple, with a delightful twist at the end. I really like how everything builds up to the ending, so that even if it is unexpected, it is still satisfying, because it all makes sense. I loved this book, and I really want to see more from this pair!
Activities and Resources- Take a bit of time to think about your daily routine and what makes it special. Think about as many of the parts as you can, and think about how you can appreciate what you do every day even more. This is best done as you are doing your routine, in my opinion.
There are also some nice crocodile activities from Childcarelounge.com HERE!
I think a cool activity is to cut out some pictures from magazines or maybe even use some photographs and arrange them to make your won wordless story! I think I am going to try that one myself! 😉
To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!