Illustrated by: David Small
Review by: Yvonne
Alice Jayne found a Christmas
Crocodile under her tree. He was wrapped with a red bow around his neck,
but he ate it! He ate a couple of presents and decorations, and ran off
with the Christmas roast. He was eating Christmas and no one knew what to
do! He was bad! Uncle Theodore said to send him to Africa. Aunt Figgy said
to put him in an orphanage. Poor Crocodile! Alice sent him to the back
room of the house and locked the door, but when she hears him sniffling
she sneaks him a pineapple upside down cake and a pumpkin pie! As her
relatives were still contemplating what to do, Alice Jayne cried out that
they should keep him, that he needed a real home to live in. That night
the Christmas Crocodile ate through the door of the back room. He didnít
mean to be bad, but that Christmas Crocodile went on an eating spree all
through the house, which only stopped when he took a little nibble of Aunt
Figgyís toe! Alice Jayne was told to lock Christmas Crocodile in the
basement, but when she returned to her own bed, she felt bad and it
didnít feel like Christmas Eve at all! So she went down to the cold dark
basement and gave Christmas Crocodile her blanket and shared an old candy
cane with him. Suddenly, all of Alice Jayneís relatives made there way
to the basement, each with their own reasons why they should keep
Christmas Crocodile! When everyone had fallen asleep in the basement,
Christmas Crocodile awoke and again ate through the door! He didnít mean
to be bad, but he ate all of the Christmas things! Christmas was gone!
Just then Alice Jayne noticed a small gift that the crocodile had missed.
She carefully opened it and found a note inside from Uncle Carbuncle.
"Dear family," it said "I hope you like Crocodiles!!!"
"Love, Uncle Carbuncle"
Up to this
point it sounded wonderful to the whole family, but as Alice Jayne pointed
out, they didnít have an Uncle Carbuncle! What happens after this is not
only Hilarious but surprising too! I recommend this story to children
between the ages of 4-10. Your sure to get a chuckle out of them!