REVIEW: Doris’ Dear Delinquents by Emma Ward
Doris the gharial crocodile has her motherly hands full with twenty-six misbehaved hatchlings. Follow along on a journey through the alphabet as she tries to bring peace back into her home.
An amusing book about a crocodile and her cheeky hatchlings, whose names all start with a specific letter of the alphabet. For readers who know their ABCs ages 4 years and up.
I think this book works on a number of levels to teach children new things and reinforce their ABCs. It’s cute but with a bit of mayhem to keep it from being too sugary. Before really even diving too deeply into Doris’s delinquents’ behavior, children can discover what a gharial is. Yes these are crocodiles but not every day crocodiles. Letters are illustrated not only by objects or behaviors that the little darling delinquents are getting up to but also by each little gharial’s name. Before reading this to children, I would suggest parents/readers preview it because some of the cheeky behaviors (Avery ate a goldfish or Bella bit mom) could be an issue. I also noticed that some of the descriptions could have been placed better with the illustrations and could initially be confusing. B-