I wanted to plow through a stack of picture books before ML went on vacation for two weeks. Time got away from us; but the cover of Gaston by Kelly Dipucchio and pictures by Christian Robinson was so appealing I let her stay up a little later so we could read it.
After we finished, ML said, “It’s like the dragon book we read.” I had no idea what she was talking about. The first dragon book which popped in my head was Dragons Love Tacos. I didn’t see a correlation. ML explained, “The one with the crocodiles.” Believe it or not, this made perfect sense. ML was referring to The Crocodile Who Didn’t Like Water by Gemma Merino.
Both books are about finding where you belong. In Gaston, two dog families meet at the park. It you judge by the physical features of the dogs, Gaston belongs with the other family and Antoinette with Gaston’s little poodle family. They decide to switch places. But it’s not the right fit. So they return to their real homes. Christian Robinson deservedly won the Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award this year for his book Rain, which I’ve been meaning to write about. An illustrator to watch for certain.
In The Crocodile Who Didn’t Like Water, one crocodile has nothing in common with his siblings. They love the water. He does not and it leaves him lonely. Until he develops a plan… saving all his tooth fairy money to buy a swim ring. Unfortunately, it doesn’t help him enjoy the water, but in the process he learns why he doesn’t like water. Learning his true talent which helps him find his perfect home. A debut picture book by author/illustrator Gemma Merino. Her pacing and illustrations are perfect.
Don’t miss reading two of our favorite reads this summer. ML’s cousins visit this weekend. These books are in my bag to go home again. I know they’ll be a hit.