I have never read anything by Gaëtan Dorémus before. 

I was very intrigued by the cover art in this picture book, so I figured, why not?

Before I tell you about his book, here’s what Google had to say about him:

Gaetan Doremus: Born in 1971, GA TAN DOR MUS received his degree from the School of Decorative Arts in Strasbourg in 1999, after which he picked up a few other degrees while creating picture books and illustrations for the press. Doremus has illustrated over 20 books and has produced hundreds of freestanding illustrations and cartoons. He loves to bicycle ride, walk in the mountains, and eat green tomatoes with cinnamon. In 2006, he became a Papa.

Born: November 20, 1976 (age 40), Lille, France

Books: Chagrin d’ours, Empty Fridge, My Baby Crocodile, Swimming with Dolphins, Leander, Ping pong

So now, the book! A kind-hearted but cross-eyed crocodile discovers a baby crocodile one day and decides to adopt him. For some reason the baby can’t swim, doesn’t like raw meat and keeps trying to run away! Worst of all, he squeaks and gets rusty….

Eventually, the crocodile figures things out and the baby crocodile, now revealed to be a little boy, tells his side of the story. He considers leaving but it’s awfully fun to live with a crocodile. The question then becomes can a boy trust a crocodile and can a crocodile trust a boy?

This story has a poignant ending that I didn’t expect. I might have to seek out more of Dorémus’ work.

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