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.


275 x 240mm


Age 1+

Mar 5, 2020





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

Michael Morpurgo


"A delight. Love it. Rhymes for inside, outside, quiet and loud, sitting and standing. With actions added for each one on every page. Love it. "

Jo Bowers, Associate Dean, Cardiff Metropolitan University


"We do love this book, and I am about to Face Time with a 3-year old...which one shall I choose? Big Green Crocodile."

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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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