Author & Illustrator: Lucy Volpin
Publisher: Little Bee, 2017
Themes: Dali, abstract art, interactive story
I am Crocodali, the most talented
painter in the whole wide world.
And you are in my studio!
This is an interactive picture book, where your readers are invited to follow Crocodali the painter’s instructions to help him create a masterpiece that will spark children’s curiosity! Crocodali tells readers to tilt the book to straighten the canvas, shake the book to spread the paint, blow on the book (but not too hard!) to help the painting dry, and much more. As they help Crocodali paint his masterpiece, children will be able to express their creative sides and learn to appreciate art.
Why I like this book:
I will start by saying I am not a huge fan of interactive picture books, but this one drew me in (pun intended!) Like a big kid, I totally followed all of Crocodali’s instructions as I read to myself on my couch! And, yup, I got a big kid thrill out of our finished painting (way better than anything I could achieve alone.) I think teachers and librarians will have a hard time holding onto this one as little hands and fingers want to try for themselves.
Our crocodile artist is a hoot, and of course, I also LOVE the nod the the great surrealist himself! This is a great addition to any units on abstract art with young kids.
Don’t miss this interview that I did with Lucy Volpin this week.
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