My Daughter absolutely loves the Mr Croc range of books and having heard this Jo Lodge, the author of the Mr croc range of books kindly sent us two Mr Croc books. The first Happy Birthday Mr Croc is a traditional pop-up book. The second Flip, Flap Mr Croc is a mix and match book. Below I will give a short review of each and compare the two to see which is our favourite.
Happy Birthday Mr Croc: As already mentioned Happy Birthday Mr Croc is a pop-up book similar to the Mr Croc books we already had, Ready or not Mr Croc and Ready to Rock Mr Croc. As such my daughter absolutely loves this book as it’s got a very similar feel to it. The pop-ups are more varied than in the other two Mr Croc books. With door openings as well as tabs that you need to pull. I did spot what is in my opinion a minor flaw in this book. It’s on a page where Mr Croc is playing hide and seek. The tab is meant to pull down to uncover his eyes. Unfortunately his hands never cover his eyes in the first place. So you’re just pulling his hands slightly further away from his eyes. It could be that children don’t really understand what he is doing. Having said that my daughter gets so engrossed in the book that she doesn’t really notice. Her favourite page is where Mr Croc is dancing. I have to keep pulling and pushing the tab, whilst she imitates music. She really loves that. All in all I think it’s a very good book.
Flip, Flap Mr Croc: This book is totally different to all the other Mr Croc books that my daughter has read. Whilst the artwork is all the same the style of book is totally different. Instead of this book being a pop-up book it is a mix and match book. This means that each page is split into three sections. A head section a body section and a foot section. You can therefore turn different parts of the pages at different times. What this lets you do is create different and funny looks for Mr Croc. In the book Mr Croc is dressed in various outfits, ranging from snorkler and pirate to clown and cowboy. It’s educational in the sense that each section tells you a bit about what you see. The snorkle page for example tells you he’s wearing a snorkle and mask, he has a spotty ring and he has pink flippers. So it teaches colours and shapes etc. what it also allows you to do is create your own silly outfits. for example you can have Mr Croc wearing a cowboy hat, waving a toy sword and treasure map with pink flippers on his feet. I think this is really fun. Although I think my daughter is not yet at the age where she really enjoys doing it yet. She does like looking at the pictures and pointing out things, but she doesn’t really make up her own Mr Crocs yet. Having said that i think it’s a very good idea and hopefully she’ll like mixing and matching soon.
In my opinion both books are worth getting. however if you had to choose one I think it would depend if you had any Mr Croc books already. If you have mr croc pop-up books already I would consider getting Flip, Flap Mr Croc as it’s a different style and has a different engagement. However if you don’t have any Mr croc books yet I would get Happy Birthday Mr Croc as it’s more of a classic book that my daughter absolutely loves.
Both books are available on amazon.