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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Wonderful Wednesday

Winston & George by John Miller, illustrated by Giuliano Cucco is gorgeous art and a riveting story.  
It was an author/artist duo that was a long time in the making.  In fact, this 2014 publication is 8 years after the artist was killed in a car crash.  The whole story is in an author note at the back of the book, it alone is an interesting read.
The story of Winston the crocodile and George the crocodile bird or plover is about 50 years old, but the story and art feel 21st Century fresh.  
George was always pulling pranks on Winston, the other crocodiles and I suspect just about any other animal in the jungle. George learns his lesson and this very sweet friendship survives.
This title has read aloud appeal, but also has quite a bit of early reader identifiers, with pictures that give clues to the text, the subject matter is intriguing, and the plot has page-turning dynamic.  It may be too long for a very young group in Storytime, but with four to five year-olds it could work.  I will suggest it to Kindergarten to Third grade teachers, students and their parents. 
I'm looking forward to other books in this series. 

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