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Party Croc!: A Folktale from Zimbabwe
Contributor(s): MacDonald, Margaret Read (Retold By), Sullivan, Derek (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 080756320X     ISBN-13: 9780807563205
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Co
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Binding Type: School And Library - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: March 2015

Annotation: When you promise Croc a party, you better keep that promise and give him a party! Zuva knows you should never invite a crocodile to town—everyone knows that! But what if the crocodile does you a favor? And what if you promise to return the favor by inviting him to the village party? And what if this croc actually comes knocking on your front door? Because this crocodile is a PARTY CROC! This hilarious retelling of a Shona folktale from Zimbabwe is both a cautionary tale about keeping promises and a raucously fun read-aloud for party animals of any age.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Folklore; Zimbabwe.
Karanga (African people); Folklore.
Shona (African people); Folklore.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Fairy Tales & Folklore | Adaptations
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Alligators & Crocodiles
- Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
Dewey: 398.2
LCCN: 2014023601
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 8.50" H x 11.00" W x 0.50" (0.85 lbs)
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 183386
Reading Level: 1.9   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): Margaret Read MacDonald is a children’s librarian turned storyteller who travels the world sharing tales. Her many picture book retellings include The Boy from the Dragon Palace, Little Rooster’s Diamond Button, and Mabela the Clever. When not traveling, she lives near Seattle, Washington. Derek Sullivan is a Washington-based illustrator. He has never had the opportunity to invite a crocodile to a party, but isn’t so sure he wouldn’t if he had the chance. This is his first children’s book.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2016 Spring)
In this retelling of a Shona folktale from Zimbabwe, Zuva learns never to make a promise she can't keep after inviting a boisterous crocodile to a party in exchange for a favor. Zany, slick digital illustrations picture a fluorescent jungle setting for the cautionary tale. Multicolored font emphasizes the crocodile's refrain: "Party! Party! Going to a party / Party! Party! I'm a PARTY CROC!"

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2015 January #4)

A girl strikes an impulsive bargain with a crocodile in MacDonald's (The Boy from the Dragon Palace) retelling of a folktale attributed to the Shona people in Zimbabwe. Fetching water from a pool swarming with fish, Zuva wishes aloud that she could catch some. When a crocodile asks what Zuva will give him if he helps her out, she invites him to a party on Saturday, figuring he couldn't get into town and wouldn't know when it was Saturday, anyway. All week, Croc exuberantly asks passersby what day it is, shouting, "Party! Party! Going to a party! Party! Party! I'm a PARTY CROC!" Newcomer Sullivan's vivid cartoons capture Croc's enthusiasm but aren't enough to offset the repetitive story's lack of momentum. It takes far too long for Croc to reach the party (after Saturday finally arrives, Zuva spends several pages feeding Croc before they get to the festivities), and he's promptly ejected by the townspeople when he does arrive. The closing message, delivered by Zuva's father ("Never invite a crocodile to a party! And never make a promise you cannot keep") gets lost in a muddled conclusion. Ages 4–7. (Mar.)

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