Mother has given her children an ultimatum-their messy room must be cleaned up in 30 minutes, or else! But do the four little crocodiles get right to work? Not exactly. The rambunctious reptiles spend the time making up games, singing songs, having fun, and adding to the jumble of toys. Suddenly, they hear their mother coming. The quartet rushes madly about, hiding the clutter under this and behind that, with one of them gulping down a last stray truck. When Mama swings open the door, she looks about with pleasure and hugs her scaly brood. Children will recognize their own behavior as they enjoy the antics of the crocodile kids. The siblings' playful procrastination will tickle the funny bones of parents as well. Wickstrom's watercolor cartoon illustrations are appealing and richly cluttered with the details of an active, messy afternoon. The expressive faces of the crocs bring the simple and entertaining text to life. Youngsters old enough to dawdle over clean-up chores will find this book full of laughs.