Every morning, a very large and very snappy crocodile shouts this selfish message: 'Stay away from my river! It's MY river! If you come in my river, I'll eat you all!' The animals in the forest don't know what to do. They are frightened of the crocodile. Even the fish, tadpoles, frogs, crabs and crayfish stay out of the water. Until one day the creatures are woken by a loud groaning sound which turns out to be the selfish crocodile in a lot of pain, and the smallest of them all, a little mouse, finds a way to solve their snappy dilemma! Astoundingly bright, bold illustrations bring to life all the wonderful creatures of the forest in a rainbow of colours.
Faustin Charles is an acclaimed poet and storyteller for children who is in huge demand for his performances. His poetry books for children, published by Bloomsbury, are Once Upon an Animal and Teacher Alligator. Faustin lives in London. Michael Terry is perhaps best known for his wonderful cover illustrations for Dick King-Smith, including The Hodgeheg and The Sheep-Pig (the basis for the successful film Babe). The Selfish Crocodile was his first picture book. Since then he has gone on to illustrate several best-selling animal picture books for Bloomsbury, including Little Hotchpotch, Rhino's Horns, The Sulky Vulture, and The Gossipy Parrot. Michael lives in Hythe, Kent.