Illustrated by Caldecott Winner David Small
Simon & Schuster, 1998
Hard Cover Picture book, 40 pages
When Alice Jayne finds a crocodile under the tree on Christmas Eve, her family goes into an uproar! The Christmas Crocodile doesn’t mean to be bad, not really, but soon he is eating up Christmas—from the dinner roast to the left stove-top burner…even the Christmas tree! Everyone has an opinion about what to do with him.
Uncle Theodore suggests they send him to Africa, Father recommends the zoo, and Aunt Figgy mentions an orphanage. But Alice Jayne thinks the Christmas Crocodile deserves a real family. Can she find him a new home?
And will she and the family survive till Christmas morning, with that naughty crocodile gobbling up everything in sight?