Eat Your Rocks, Croc!: Dr. Glider's Advice for Troubled Animals

by Jess Keating (Author) Pete Oswald (Illustrator)

Eat Your Rocks, Croc!: Dr. Glider's Advice for Troubled Animals
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
When animals have problems, they call on Dr. Sugar Glider to help!Help me, Dr. Glider. My stomach is killing me! I eat all the same food as my family, but I'm the only one that feels sick. What's wrong with me? Dr. Sugar Glider travels around the world to help animals (and, on occasion, plants!) with all sorts of problems. Whether it's a crocodile with a sick stomach, a creeped-out krill, a stressed meerkat, or a male praying mantis trying to date, Dr. Glider is ready to offer advice! From powerhouse duo Jess Keating (Pink Is for Blobfish) and New York Times bestselling illustrator Pete Oswald (The Bad Seed), Eat Your Rocks, Croc! features hilarious stories, charming illustrations, and awesome true facts that will leave young readers enthralled by the real world of the animal kingdom. Robust back matter, featuring a glossary and a list of the featured creatures, makes this the perfect fit for the school curriculum.

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School Library Journal

Gr 1-3--This nonfiction catalog of animal facts is formatted as an advice column for animals penned by a sugar glider named Dr. Glider. Each spread covers a different species and features its own color palette, but "letters" to Glider are always green. The facts are interesting and unusual; they are also fairly random and interspersed with anthropomorphic traits such as a yoga-practicing owl and utensil-using crustaceans. Glider, who can effortlessly operate a submarine, can also travel from Kenya to Sweden to the South China Sea to Western Europe without a hitch. The narrator and advice seekers use informal, flippant slang, while informational captions use scientific language. Some of the vocabulary words are far beyond the first through third grade level at which this book is aimed. A glossary is included, but the book's haphazard arrangement discourages its use as a reference source for older readers. VERDICT An interesting enough find, but a poor resource.--Sheri Reda, Wilmette Public Library, IL

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Publishers Weekly

Dr. Sugar Glider takes questions from various animal "patients" with occasionally punny results in this eye-opening tour of animal adaptations. Accompanied by Oswald's textured, watercolor-like digital illustrations, Dr. Glider's global caseload of 14 includes an aphid whose brother was kidnapped by ants for his honeydew secretions (a sidebar explains symbiosis), an overtired frigatebird who needs reminding that it can sleep while flying, and the crocodile of the title, which needs help digesting. In Oswald's animated scenes, Dr. Glider has her stethoscope at the ready while tending her oblivious patients variously on skis, using scuba gear, or via submarine (though a Tarzan outfit strikes an odd note). Four-panel sidebars consistently inform and surprise with animal facts, and a glossary reinforces new vocabulary. This kind of animal roundup isn't new, but with the help of the wisecracking Dr. Glider, Oswald and Keating's approach feels fresh and snappy. Ages 4-8. (May)

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Review quotes

Keating's language is full of puns, but her science is spot-on... Frankly fantastic but fact-filled fun. — Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Pink Is for Blobfish by Jess Keating:

A playful introduction to the kookier corners of the animal kingdom. — Booklist

Keating maintains a casual tone while delivering intriguing details about each animal. — Publishers Weekly

Praise for The Bad Seed, illustrated by Pete Oswald:

Working in digitized watercolors, Oswald makes this antihero's angst vivid and touching, and the world the seed moves in — a metropolis populated by seeds that include peanuts, coconuts, and corn kernels — adds a playful counterpoint of background detail and comedy. — Publishers Weekly

Praise for The Good Egg, illustrated by Pete Oswald:

* Oswald's digitally composed, bright artwork pops with rib-tickling close-ups and character-building moments. — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Jess Keating
As a zoologist and author, Jess Keating has been sprayed by skunks, bitten by crocodiles, and victim of the dreaded paper cut. Her books blend science, humor, and creativity, and include the acclaimed My Life Is a Zoo middle-grade trilogy and award-winning picture books, like Shark Lady and Pink Is for Blobfish. Jess lives in Ontario, Canada, where she loves hiking, nerdy documentaries, and writing books for curious and adventurous kids. Jess can be found online at or on Twitter at @Jess_Keating.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
May 20, 2020

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