Pedro and George

Illustrated by Delphine Perret
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About The Book

What’s the difference between an alligator and a crocodile? So glad you asked! Fans of Lyle the Crocodile and comic duos like George and Martha will find a new favorite pair in Pedro and George.

Pedro and George are fed up with the children of the world getting them confused. Pedro is a crocodile, and George is an alligator. There’s a difference, you know!

This determined pair decides to go on a mission to prove who’s who, once and for all. Pedro packs two sandwiches, a toothbrush, a comb, and off they go. (The comb, of course, is only for show.) The classroom at the other end of the world is unsurprisingly shocked by their arrival—but after a little learning and a lot of chaos, Pedro and George head back home to their ordinary tasks of sorting toothpicks and repainting their bathrooms, satisfied that they’ve taught an important lesson. Or so they think!

This wry, hilarious story might help you remember the difference between crocodiles and alligators—but it will definitely give you the giggles.

About The Author

Photograph © T. Clairbaux

Delphine Perret has a degree from the Decorative Arts School in Strasbourg. She is the author-illustrator of more than a dozen titles published at Éditions Thierry Magnier and l’Atelier du Poisson Soluble, which have been translated into several languages. She has illustrated many other titles at Le Seuil, Syros, and Bayard. Her work is often very minimalist. She explores subjects such as the relationship between text and images, words and their sounds, everyday life and the imagination we can instill into it. She lives in Lyon, France, where she also cofounded an art gallery. Visit her at ChezDelphine.net.

About The Illustrator

Photograph © T. Clairbaux

Delphine Perret has a degree from the Decorative Arts School in Strasbourg. She is the author-illustrator of more than a dozen titles published at Éditions Thierry Magnier and l’Atelier du Poisson Soluble, which have been translated into several languages. She has illustrated many other titles at Le Seuil, Syros, and Bayard. Her work is often very minimalist. She explores subjects such as the relationship between text and images, words and their sounds, everyday life and the imagination we can instill into it. She lives in Lyon, France, where she also cofounded an art gallery. Visit her at ChezDelphine.net.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (June 2, 2015)
  • Length: 32 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781481429252
  • Grades: P - 3
  • Ages: 4 - 8
  • Lexile ® AD620L

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Raves and Reviews

"Cousins Pedro and George, a crocodile and an alligator, try to correct the record on their differences in this French import.... [Readers] will be giggling uncontrollably. The droll storytelling and absurd action rolls along to the conclusion.... A wholly original romp told with deliciously Gallic flair."

– Kirkus Reviews, April 2015

"French author-illustrator Perret's divertissement contains a bouquet of comedic moments.... Perret (The Big Bad Wolf and Me) draws Pedro and George as tubby, slow-moving couch potatoes—their lime bodies and the children's pink faces are the only spots of color in the wiry line drawings—and she has great fun spoofing customs like weekly dictation, an institution in French schools. Pedro and George seem like a pair who could have an endless series of adventures; a sequel would be welcome."

– Publishers Weekly, April 2015

"Pedro is a crocodile and his cousin George is an alligator. Or is it the other way around? This book, a French import, is not pedantic, but rather a humorous adventure....The drawings are fresh and economic in tone and line, packed with myriad little details for children to scour and devour and created devoid of computer enhancement, with just a black felt tip pen and only two tones of colored ink: pinkish flesh-tone and a brightish pea green.... VERDICT: A fun school story that budding readers will enjoy perusing and reading again and again."

– Sara Lissa Paulson, The American Sign Language and English Lower School, New York City, School Library Journal, June 2015

"A fun adventure with two cousins who want to set the record straight about their differences.... Perret's tongue-in-cheek text is lively and challenging, and the distinctive ink-lettered text consumes a good part of each page. Descriptive details and the list of class directives root the story in reality, even in the face of the illustrations' silliness (an alligator in a judo hold; a teacher, hair awry, standing on her desk in fright; a crocodile in an apron). Pedro's and George's bright greens against the rest of the drawings in black felt-tip emphasize that this is their story—no resolution needed."

– Booklist Online, May 2015

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