Publisher: Frances Lincoln
Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize in 2009, this lively yarn is a real treat to read aloud. Sean Taylor’s bouncy and bold rhyming text is brilliantly complemented by Hannah Shaw’s cheeky illustrations - and the story of a boastful crocodile who is eventually outwitted by an ear-wiggling donkey will certainly resonate with youngsters who are starting to socialise, and learning every day that they are both more and less skilled than their peers. The book has definite potential as a starting point for circle-time discussion - is anyone good at everything? How important is it to ‘be the best’? Can everyone in the group think of something only you can do? And shall we all try and wiggle our ears?