Okay, so I thought this book was adorable. Of the six NetGalley picture books my 5yo and I read today, A Crocodile in the Family by Kitty Black was my favorite. The plot is simple: a family of birds adopt an egg they find in the jungle, and when an crocodile hatches out of it, all the other animals wonder why they keep him.

The illustrations are expressive and vibrant, the message is super sweet, and overall, the story is just light and fun. This is a story of belonging and love that doesn’t feel heavy handed, but still really hits those cute, wholesome beats. Totally recommend to anyone looking for solid cute picture book for ages 2-6.

Thanks so much to the publisher and NetGalley for the free ARC!

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My 5yo says he liked it, especially when the crocodile hatched and grew up, but he ranked it #5 of the 6 NetGalley picture books we read today.

Five-year-old rating:


A thumbs up and a half from the two of us.

Thanks for reading!