Lewis Carroll Shelf Award, 1979
A cranky neighbor puts Lyle in the zoo but experiences a change of heart when the crocodile saves him from a fire.
"Lyle is as lovable as ever and the story and colored pictures as nonsensical."
“In an elaborate sequence of events, Lyle finds himself back with the Primms on East 88th Street, a neighborhood hero, and, startlingly, even a friend of the mistrustful cat Loretta. Bernard Waber--creator of The House on East 88th Street--charms young readers again with this endearing, whimsical 1965 classic, perfectly complemented by his simple, sketchy, comical illustrations.”