by Alex Brooks (Author) and Hannah Worsley (Illustrator)
In “Why, oh why, am I a crocodile?” readers are introduced to a young crocodile who struggles with self-esteem issues. Despite being a crocodile in a beautiful environment, she believes she is “hideous” and is clearly very lonely.
While being jealous of the other – seemingly ideal – animals, she starts to see that everyone has their own unique qualities and that it’s important to appreciate yourself for who you are. With the support of her new friend – a blind monkey – the crocodile learns to love herself, even her short legs!
This heart-warming story is a good introduction to the revelation that everyone has things about themselves that are not ideal, and that this fact is okay. Moreover, it is important to surround ourselves with supportive friends and to focus on our positive qualities.
The illustrations in this book are colourful and vibrant, and they perfectly capture the beauty and diversity of the jungle. The characters are lovable and relatable, and readers will be rooting for the crocodile as she learns to accept herself.
Overall, “Why, oh why, am I a crocodile” is a charming and empowering book that teaches an important lesson about self-acceptance. It’s a must-read for any child that has ever felt like they don’t quite measure up. “Accept yourself for who you are” is the wise takeaway message.