My Crocodile Does Not Bite

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 3
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

Ernest’s crocodile does not bite! It’s very well trained. But when Ernest brings the crocodile to the school’s pet show, his rival Cindy Lou gets very rude.

Cindy Lou is sure her poodle Fifi will win best in show. She doesn’t think Ernest’s croc should be allowed to compete. But Ernest and his friend have some tricks prepared. They’re going to prove that when a crocodile’s not busy biting, it can really put on a show!

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Books ®
Language English
Publication Date 2014-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 2.4
Text Type Fiction—Humor
BISACS JUV031000, JUV019000, JUV002010
Dewey [E]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Lexile 550
ATOS Reading Level 2.6
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 156641
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Awards, Original artwork, and Reviewed


  • Nebraska Golden Sower Award Nominee, Nominated, 2015
  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, Winner, 2014



“Brightly colored, cartoon illustrations depict an expressive, goofy-looking crocodile cavorting about and stealing the show.” —Booklist

School Library Journal

“This fun read-aloud will keep listeners and readers chuckling. Kulka’s spirited acrylic artwork gives personality to the characters and adds to the humor.” —School Library Journal

Publishers Weekly

“Absurdity abounds in Kulka’s tale of a clever boy who knows that telling the truth—just not the whole truth—can be pretty entertaining….[T]he wicked twist of an ending should catch most readers by surprise.” —Publishers Weekly

Author, Illustrator: Joe Kulka

Joe Kulka has written and illustrated My Crocodile Does Not Bite, Vacation's Over! Return of the Dinosaurs, and the award-winning book Wolf's Coming!. Joe lives in Quakertown, Pennsylvania.