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There are quite a few Peter Tyes lurking around in the UK, across the pond in America and down under in Australia and New Zealand, but as far as I know, I'm the only one daft enough to believe it possible to earn a living from writing children's books. So for the avoidance of doubt, my name is Peter Geoffrey Tye. I grew-up in the Hampshire village of Hartley Wespall and joined the Royal Navy at the age of 15. One of my first tasks in the navy was to sew my name into every item of clothing in my kitbag and as my surname and initials total a measly 5 letters, I had an immediate advantage over my shipmates. They were called shipmates because HMS ST. VINCENT was a stone frigate! I had entered a strange, competitive world and came first at something for the only time in eight years of service. After the navy, I went on to have a career in marketing and writing for business, before producing Colin Reeder's much loved Little Red Tractor stories for television. Unfortunately, Colin died before we had the required number of episodes, so I wrote new stories to keep Little Red Tractor's animated wheels turning. I had unwittingly embarked upon a new career. As I switched from writing for company directors to writing for children, I was hard-pressed to notice the difference!
on Jan. 05, 2012 :
I loaded my 9 year old nephew’s Christmas present – a Kindle with half a dozen starter stories, including Crocodile Tours. When prompted to write a review for Crocodile Tours, I asked him for an honest opinion. His immediate reply was “Honestly – it’s amazing.” When pressed for a few more words he told me he thought it was a great adventure, it made him laugh and he loved Drench, the odd but friendly character inside the crocodile. He has read it several times and currently, it’s his favourite.
I could write a longer and more effusive review, but Crocodile Tours was specifically written for his age group, so his views stand.
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)
on Nov. 13, 2011 :
What a treat! A funny, roller coaster ride of an adventure with the ending suitably left open for more escapades with Simon and Holly. My granddaughter was so entranced with Crocodile Tours that she wanted me to read the whole story to her before she went to sleep and then demanded an atlas to see where the pair had visited. A most enjoyable and educational find; more please Mr Tye and perhaps the next one could be illustrated too.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
Mike Mike Cowdrey
on Nov. 11, 2011 :
Searching the Web, for adverts for safaris, the words “Smashwords-Crocodile Tours-a book by Peter Tye” caught my eye. It wasn’t what I was looking for but, fascinated, I read on, “A boy, who should be doing his homework, draws a crocodile on a misty window in his bedroom. The crocodile turns and gobbles him up.” I have always loved that playground edge, that impish delight in the absurd that characterizes Roald Dahl’s children’s stories and this story just seemed to have the same mischievous grin from ear to ear, so I drew a crocodile too. Well, actually I downloaded the book and we joined the hilarious, fantastical and definitely off-the-wall and not to be missed Crocodile Tour.
The book, quite simply, has every ingredient that children have always revelled in: the mischief of the Bash Street Kids, the slapstick of Laurel and Hardy, the time travel adventure of Dr Who and the kind of knowledge that feeds curiosity. To cap it all, the book adds a genuinely new and irresistible character to children’s literature, the colourful, kind and quirky DRENCH, who has one bright orange four-clawed foot in fairytales and one in modern fantasy fiction. Like the wonderful Stanley Unwin, Drench conjures meaning from a humorous mayhem of words and makes language fun for children.
So, as you will gather, we love Crocodile Tours, but you are probably thinking that we must have some criticisms too. Well yes, we have a few. First, we wish it were longer. Second, we wish there were more Crocodile Tour adventures. Third, we wish we could buy it as a printed book, or even better as a cartoon on DVD. Those are the things we would change.
So, there you have it; a children’s book that is in the tradition of the best of storytelling because it is both familiar and genuinely original. I haven’t yet found a child that hasn’t by turns been held in spellbound silence and reduced to helpless chuckles. All I can do is recommend Crocodile Tours to you if you want to make children laugh and learn a bit too.
(reviewed 57 days after purchase)