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Reviewed by Rich Follett for Readers' Favorite
You’re a CrocaGator by Kenny Rager is one of the most delightful, socially relevant, and timely children’s tales imaginable. On its pages (beautifully illustrated by Patti Brassard Jefferson), Rager tackles the hot-button issue of the mixed family with humor, charm, and no small amount of tact. When Crocasonny and Gatorsissy fall in love, they must navigate the social mine field of intolerance that all mixed family relationships must weather in a narrow-minded society. Along the way, they learn to celebrate their strengths and shared values, and help others learn to look past their differences.
The underlying idea that we are all ‘CrogaGators’ who do not fit perfectly into society’s labeled boxes is both powerful and liberating. Children will learn from Kenny Rager’s You’re a CrocaGator that love crosses all boundaries and makes all things possible. The applications of the ‘CrocaGator’ metaphor are seemingly infinite; in the introduction, Rager indicates that he is developing a series of ‘CrocaGator’ books focusing on various sensitive and timely topics. If they all turn out to be as perfectly pitched as You’re a CrocaGator, bullying and racism will become things of the past and values in education will be taken care of for the next ten generations or more.
You’re a CrocaGator by Kenny Rager is the perfect vehicle to ease tensions and build confidence for children of mixed parentage; in addition, it is an ideal catalyst for meaningful family discussions on the subjects of racism and intolerance. You’re a CrocaGator should be required reading for all children (and the adults who love them) in our modern world. I wish every child in the world could read this book.