Croc and Bird by Alexis Deacon is a tale of two eggs, one containing a bird, the other a crocodile.

After the eggs hatch next to each other, an unlikely friendship develops with the two animals, thinking that they are brothers, helping each other negotiate through their first days on the planet.

The 'brothers' realise that they are different and find their own species to live with but their bond is too strong and they soon reunite. The heartwarming tale is illustrated with charming pastel drawings throughout.

Published by Hutchinson,(Random House Children's Books), ISBN: 978-0091893323, Hardcover, RRP £10.99.

Review by Paul Jackson