Shortlisted for the CLiPPA - CLPE Poetry Award 2021





275 x 240mm



Oct 20, 2021

Pub Date



Age 1+

Big Green Crocodile

Rhymes to Say and Play

By Jane Newberry
Illustrated by Caroline Rabei

A new and original rhyme action book to help creative play with babies and toddlers.

Sixteen original play-rhymes, devised and tested to entertain the very young, but also to help develop vital cognitive skills and prevent dyslexia. They cover the events of a child's day from breakfast to bedtime, on themes like animals, bees, crocodiles, tractors, and many more.


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"Rhymes that make you want to clap your hands and laugh out loud."

Michael Morpurgo

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Jane Newberry


Jane Newberry’s unique insight into very small children began as a puppeteer at children’s parties, where she discovered what makes them laugh. For over 25 years Jane taught Early Years Music to various groups. She wrote and illustrated three song books, A Sackful of Songs, A Sackful of Christmas and Hey, What’s in the Sack? before moving on to gather the many play-rhymes used in groups over the years. Jane lives in Cornwall.

Carolina Rabei


Carolina Rabei comes from Moldova and gained a distinction in illustration at the Cambridge School of Art. Her style is a unique mix of traditional and digital techniques. She is also the illustrator of the forthcoming Tickle Beetle collection of play-rhymes for Otter-Barry Books. Carolina lives in Cambridge.


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