Project Description


The Copy Crocs

by David Bedford
illustrated by Emily Bolam

Crocodile has a big imagination. But he has a big problem too.

He’s always thinking up fun, new things to do like sliding through mud puddles, sunbathing by the shore, or floating downstream stretched out on a log. But no matter what he does, all the other crocs follow him and copy him—every time! Crocodile finally manages to escape his fellow crocs, only to discover a surprising truth: being by himself is not nearly as much fun as being with his friends.

David Bedford has created an appealing character wrestling with a situation that will resonate with children. Artist Emily Bolam’s bold, expressive illustrations bring out the fun and humor of the story.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-304-7
Publication Date: 3/1/2004
Page Count: 32
Size: 9-5/8″ x 9-5/8″
Age Range: 4 – 8
Language: English
Format: Paperback
Price: $7.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-885-1
Publication Date: 9/1/2015
Page Count: 32
Size: 9-5/8″ x 9-5/8″
Age Range: 4 – 8
Language: English
AR Level: 3.0
F&P: GRL L, Gr 2, Genre F
Lexile: AD510L
Themes: Friendship, Individuality, Group Dynamics
BISAC 1: JUV002010 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Alligators & Crocodiles
BISAC 2: JUV039060 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Friendship
BISAC 3: JUV039000 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / General


“The lush full- and double-page paintings colorfully convey the subtle humor of this comical story… The rhythmic pacing and effective use of dialogue makes this an ideal book for reading aloud.” ―School Library Journal

“Landscapes rendered in textured swatches of color laid down quickly with a broad brush are child-friendly enough to invite budding artists to do some copying of their own, while bold black outlines and goofy expressions domesticate this herd of crocs quite amiably…. Youngsters experiencing similar frustrations while trying to be on the vanguard of the new, only to find themselves endlessly copied, will appreciate Crocodile’s dilemma and learn a bit about their position with respect to the crowd as well.” ―Bulletin for the Center for Children’s Books

“Bright and fanciful…Happy and energetic…A fun story.” ―Bristol Herald Courier


Children’s Choices ―International Reading Association, Children’s Book Council, 2005

Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Primary) ―Kansas National Education Association, 2005

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Meet the Author

David Bedford grew up in England. He wanted to be a professional soccer player for a long time, but instead he became a biologist and worked at Stanford University. He is the author of over thirty books for children. He lives in England. You can visit his website here.

Meet the Illustrator

Emily Bolam studied illustration at Brighton College of Art. Her first idea for a children’s book began as a college project and was published upon her graduation. Since then, she has illustrated over a hundred books for children, by many different authors. She lives in England. You can visit her website here.