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Funny, Funny Lyle (Lyle the Crocodile)
Lyle the lovable crocodile faces two big challenges: introducing his mother to city life and preparing for the Primms' new baby.
Paperback, 40 pages
Published October 28th 1991 by HMH Books for Young Readers
(first published 1987)
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"Funny, Funny Lyle" by Bernard Waber, is the story of a Crocodile named Lyle and his mother, who the family names Felicity, and her struggles to integrate in human society. It's a cute little confection of a story, although it introduces the concept of robbers, which some kids might find alarming. My child picked this book out himself and we've read it about a million times. It holds up pretty well to multiple re-reads.
I got this book from the library to read with my son, and it was the dumbest book I'd ever read. I really enjoy children's books, too. The story didn't even make sense. It seemed to jump around and take random turns. It was hard to get through even though it wasn't that long. I won't even try to read the other books in the series.
This book delves more into Lyle's purse-carrying mom, Felicity, and the Primms have a baby on the way. How Bern Waber talks about pregnancy without the gory details so that kids can understand it, I dunno, but he does it with minimal effort and much grace. This is a joyful addition to Lyle's books!
I dislike the Lyle books for some reason. Slow. Trying to be too quirky or something. Can't put my finger on it. Our 3-year old gets bored with them too. The concepts are sort of social-more-ish and not in line with the audience they seem to be reaching for.
Bernard Waber was the youngest in a creative family. At age 8, he ushered in a movie theater after school, so he often saw only the last ten minutes of a movie. He made a game of inventing beginnings and middles. When he returned from a tour of duty in World War II, he entered the Philadelphia College of Art. With a diploma and a new wife, he traveled to New York City, where he began working for ...moreMore about Bernard Waber...
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