‘Once a Creepy Crocodile’
Written by Peter Taylor
Illustrated by Nina Rycroft and includes a sing-along CD by Rusty Berther
Published by The Five Mile Press
Release date 1st July 2014
Dear Know-It-Al- Nanny,
I have a two-year-old who insists on hearing the same story and the same song over and over again. He demands ‘Cweepy Cwocodile’ at every waking moment. What is a parent to do?!
Dear Desperate Parent,
Grin and bear it, read and sing along!
Once a Creepy Crocodile is a fun story set in perfect rhyme and featuring a crazy cast of Australian animals and includes a sing-along CD.
What I love about Peter Taylor's Once a Creepy Crocodile is that it is full of scrumptious alliteration and internal and external rhyme and still tells a story. It slides off your tongue like butter melts over your hot pancakes.
The munchy, crunchy crispy ones that curl up underneath.
Then the snake licked his lips and looped a little lower ‘till …
And then there are Nina Rycroft’s illustrations which make this story sing even more. The gorgeous watercolour illustrations are fun, lively and just delicious!
I also like how the second song on the CD is the original version of ‘Waltzing Matilda’ exposing my children to a little bit of Australian history.
The suggested age for this book is upwards from 4 years old, but my easily excited, hard to focus, two-year-old is a big fan (as you may have guessed from the correspondence above). He usually loves any book involving diggers, trains or roaring dinosaurs, but this beautifully illustrated story with its cast of Australian animals hits the spot. He is also quite sensitive to lyrical language and beautiful rhyme, and Once a Creepy Crocodile, certainly delivers that.
I happened to be at the official book launch for Once a Creepy Crocodile in Sydney earlier this month. Imagine a room full of children’s writers and illustrators singing along to Once a Creepy Crocodile to the tune of Waltzing Matilda followed by a chorus of laughing Kookaburra imitations. It was a laugh!
In addition to this I am very lucky to share a writer’s group, Write Links, with Peter and was able to ask him some questions about his writing process and how this picture book story came about. Not only is he a wonderful writer, he is extremely generous with his time in sharing information with emerging writers and illustrators in our group.
To read the interview, please check out the Write Links website here.
You can buy Once A Creepy Crocodile from independent bookshop to major retailers.
Brisbane Write Links members at the Sydney SCBWI conference 2014
Over the last few weeks I have been enveloped in a whirlwind of writing related activities. I had worked hard towards these events over the last six months and now that they are done, I feel inspired, light headed in a good, buzzy, kind of way, and a little relieved to be able to get back to my writing and illustrating.
I haven’t been doing this alone. Many of my Write Links writing friends attended one or both of these conferences, and I have made many new connections, friends, and beverage buddies.
I took part in a few encouraging editor pitches with some key publishing houses with the hope something more may develop from there, and received encouraging feedback.
I also took part in a blogging workshop for authors and illustrators by the multi-talented, creative powerhouse aka as Tania McCartney. And I concluded the SBCWI conference by attending USA Roaring Brook’s, Senior Commissioning Editor, Connie Hsu’s master class in diversity and a master class with Bruce Whatley who brought along some of his ORIGINAL artwork. Amazing!
CYA Children's and Young Adult Writers and Illustrators conference 2014
Some of the things I learned:
· I am a small fish in a big pond and breaking out and getting those publishing contracts means hard work, making connections, and a healthy dose of luck on top of a good story. But, the support and camaraderie of writing and illustrating friends ease the wait and the hard slog.
· Publishers and editors are human beings, though terribly busy ones.
· Authors are awesome.
· Illustrators are awesome.
· Author/ illustrators are amazing.
· Everyone at these events is passionate about writing and illustrating and wants to share their stories with children.
Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators Conference Sydney 2014
I took many notes, which I could all type up and include here, but I decided I won’t. Instead here is a gallery of impressions from the conferences with a link to the excellent SCBWI AU/NZ blog where a team of roving reporters covered each session and the CYA Facebook group for a collection of blog posts on the event.
After all, I need to get back to writing and drawing!
Children's Writer and Illustrator