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It's hard to imagine how lovable Lyle - the helpful, happy crocodile - could cause a neighborhood feud. But that is just what happened. Lyle was making Loretta, Mr. Grumps' cat, miserable. The more the well-meaning Lyle tried to win the frightened Loretta's friendship by flashing his toothsome smile, the more unhappy Loretta became. And when Loretta was unhappy Mr. Grumps was furious. How this tense neighborhood situation is resolved makes a rollicking, frolicking picture story, taking the reader on a Cook's tour of Manhattan. From the Rockefeller skating rink to a department store pajama sale; from sidewalk superintendency to Central Park zoo occupancy, it all happens to Lyle. And as readers learned in The House on East 88th Street, when the winsome Lyle and the versatile Bernard Waber get together, a real treat is in store.
A cranky neighbor puts Lyle in the zoo but experiences a change of heart when the crocodile saves him from a fire.
Bernard Waber, who has written eight delightful books about Lyle the Crocodile, a little boy named Ira, and a firefly named Torchy, is the author of more than seventeen picture books for children. Widely praised by reviewers for his ability to describe common family problems, he is best loved by children for his freeflowing humor and gentle characters.
"Lyle is as lovable as ever and the story and colored pictures as nonsensical." Booklist, ALA