Crocopotamus: Mix and Match Wild Animals!

Crocopotamus: Mix and Match Wild Animals! illus. by Mary Murphy. 12p. Candlewick. Mar. 2016. Tr $8.99. ISBN 9780763681029.
PreS—A colorful and fun book featuring sturdy flaps to mix and match to create a variety of wild animals. It includes seven different animals whose fronts and backs can be interchanged with one another, resulting in silly combinations such as a "Monger" (monkey and tiger), a "Libra" (lion and zebra), and the titular "Crocopotamus" (crocodile and hippopotamus). While seemingly simplistic, this board book offers an enjoyable, interactive experience for toddlers. The hand-lettered text is minimal, consisting of only the animal names, placing the focus primarily on the effective mix-and-match aspect of the book. The eye-catching illustrations are done in mixed media and feature bold, vibrant colors that pop against a white background, and the wild animals are appropriately designed to look playful and friendly. The solid flaps are well built and should hold up to repeated use, while the smaller board book format is perfectly suited for little hands and one-on-one sharing.
VERDICT Young children will have a blast flipping the flaps to see all the different possibilities.

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