Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile: 01/01/17
Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile by Bernard Waber is the sequel to the The House on East 88th Street. As a child, I remember this book being on my short list of books I was always asking my grandparents to check out for me. So like my The Cricket in Times Square post, this one is fueled by raw nostalgia.
Lyle is a lime green crocodile who lives in Manhattan and acts the child minder and companion to Mrs. Primm. She and he like to go out on the town running errands, browsing antique shops, and going on shopping sprees.
Unfortunately for Lyle, their neighbor has a cat who is scared to death of Lyle. The grumpy neighbor decides to get Lyle evicted and sent to the zoo. Lyle, though, is a peaceful crocodile and is willing to rise above petty revenge.
So of course everything is eventually sorted between the neighbor, the cat, and Lyle. That leaves Lyle to have nine more adventures. I'm sure I've read other books in the series but it's this volume I remember best. I am planning to re-read through the series assuming my library has the books.