|About the Book|
Al E. Gator Visits Croakerhochen is the tale of a young frog, named Arthur, and his family, whose swamp is being terrorized by a predator named, Al E. Gator, who would love nothing more than to get a frog in his throat. Laced with humor, intrigue and touching moments, this story will capture the hearts of young children, as 147 brave frogs and 11 toads outwit and warm the heart of Big Bad Al. Cleverly written in 1968, by my father, Bill Dix, this is much more than a childs fairy tale about frogs, toads and gators. There is an underlying story of a fathers love. While serving in the United States Army during the Vietnam War, my dad wrote and illustrated this story. His intention was to explain to his young daughter why he had to go far away for so long. Kept in a safe of over 30 years, this manuscript has been modified to reflect the changing times, but the illustrations are the original. Though it was a gift to me as a young child, this published version is now my gift to my father. It is my hope that the youth of today can enjoy it as much as I did, and maybe even help children of those serving our country, understand better why daddies and mommies sometimes, have to go away to make things safe at home. All proceeds from this book will be donated to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Thanks to research funded by the LLS, my father was treated and is currently a survivor of lymphoma, a blood cancer.