by Judy Sierra
illustrated by Doug Cushman
Mr. Crocodile is determined to make a feast of the five little monkeys that have been pestering him. He creates a schedule for catching, cooking and eating the monkeys, but his plans are thwarted again and again by the clever little primates. Each illustration includes a clock displaying the corresponding time, making it great as a read-aloud when teaching children how to tell time.
Judy Sierra's "considerable storytelling skill" (School Library Journal) is well complemented by Doug Cushman's hilarious acrylic illustrations. Although this story can certainly stand on its own, the inclusion of a clock in every spread makes it an excellent book to use when teaching about time.
This book is popular with
teachers and Amazon customers as well as review agencies
like School Library Journal and Booklist. In a starred review,
Kirkus Reviews said "Cushman... captures the monkeys' energy...to make
any time the right time for this irresistible rhyme."
Interest: PreS-Gr.3 DRA Level: 24 Lexile Measure: 940L
Grade Equivalent: 2.7 Guided Reading: M
Below are sample spreads from inside What Time Is It, Mr. Crocodile? The first spread below depicts Mr. Crocodile writing out his schedule for the day--starting ordinarily enough but ending with a planned feast of "those pesky monkeys." The second sample spread below is about midway through the book and shows the monkeys pestering Mr. Crocodile.
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