Later Gator, In a While Crocodile

Children - Animals
42 Pages
Reviewed on 04/25/2013
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Author Biography

Mike lives in Broomfield, Colorado with his wife and two children. Several years ago he developed a passion for writing children’s books. In February of 2013, his first book, Later Gator, In a While Crocodile, was published. Mike's book has won four literary awards, Royal Dragonfly Book Awards (2nd Place), USA Best Book Awards (Finalist), Reader’s Favorite International Book Awards (Honorable Mention) and Reader Views Awards (2nd Place).

    Book Review

Reviewed by Carol Thompson for Readers' Favorite

"Later Gator, In a While Crocodile" is a book about an alligator and a crocodile who become friends. There are three stories in the book, each with a different adventure. 'Along Comes a Crocodile' is the opening story of the alligator and crocodile meeting and playing together. The second story, 'Crocodile and Gator's Great Adventure' is a charming little adventure between the two unlikely friends and the third story 'Crocodile and Gator's Silly Swamp Day' is a humorous journey of the two meeting up with other animals.

The author has been able to take a common theme (we are alike, we are different) and make it interesting. Each story has perfect rhyme and rhythm and they are all easy and entertaining reads. The illustrations are colorful and really enhance the stories. They are accurate to the text and reflect what is going on in each scene, an important aspect of children's books. When I first saw this book, I thought it was going to be the same old story of two different animals coming together to form a friendship but I was pleasantly surprised by the stories. The author reaches beyond the imagination to draw the child into the story with clever prose. These are not only good books for reading aloud, but would be excellent silent reads too. The author did a good job with the rhythm and flow of each story and the illustrator provided entertaining pictures. I will stop short of calling this author the next Dr. Seuss, but the writing is very similar. But this author has his own unique style. I would highly recommend this book. It is one that can be enjoyed time and time again.