This charming book is not one to read when you want to settle your child down before bedtime. But it's exactly the book you need when you want to spark a little one's imagination and explore the magic of books. The story starts out as most stories do, "Once upon a time..." but it takes less than twenty words before an intruder shakes things up.
The intruder is a crocodile, and he's made his way into the story of "The Ugly Duckling," which, of course, throws everything into a frenzy. Your child will help intimidate the crocodile and take a very active role in cajoling the intruder into leaving the story.
I highly recommend using this book in your co-op shifts. Have it on hand for when children get grumpy or need to be refocused. Once you've read it aloud a time or two, kids will enjoy picking it up and "reading" their own versions of it, especially when they get to the end where they can stick their little fingers right through the crocodile's escape hole.
This is Nick Bromley's debut children's book, and we're sure to see great things from him in the future. If you'd like to see more of Nicola O'Byrne's imaginative illustrations, visit her website and blog. You can find some of her picture book recommendations (also great ideas for your babysitting co-op shifts) at this post, which lists her personal favorites.