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The House on East 88th Street
Written and illustrated
by Bernard Waber
Ages 4–8 • 40 pages
• Picture book
Full-color illustrations
A Walter Lorraine Book


Happy 50th Anniversary to
The House on East 88th Street

"Every home should have a crocodile."


It's been forty years since Mrs. Primm first uttered those words in The House on East 88th Street, the first book about everyone's favorite reptile, Lyle the Crocodile. Since then, author/illustrator Bernard Waber has gone on to create seven additional books featuring Lyle—Lyle, Lyle Crocodile (1965), Lyle at the Birthday Party (1966), Lovable Lyle (1969), Lyle Finds His Mother (1974), Funny, Funny Lyle (1987), Lyle at the Office (1994), and Lyle at Christmas (1998)—as well as many other books for young readers.

Lyle's adventures have been translated into German, Dutch, Danish, Spanish, Afrikaans, Swedish, and Japanese, and sales total more than $1.7 million. Mr. Waber developed the idea for The House on East 88th Street during his lunch hours and on his commute on the Long Island railroad when he was working in the art department at Life magazine.

Of the Lyle books he says, "I don't know where the idea came from, but I have always loved drawing animals, especially crocodiles. When I lived in Philadelphia, I used to subscribe to The New Yorker, and I always loved the brownstone houses that were featured on their covers. I can't explain how it happened, but the two things that I like, brownstones and crocodiles, seemed to merge. I never planned on doing a second Lyle book . . . but I'd be showering or shaving and Lyle would pop into my head in a new situation. Now, I don't think of my books as sequels, but as revisits to a family that I drop in on every now and then—when I feel like catching up."


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