The illustrations for this children's book are sweet and colorful, but not particularly detailed or creative. Victor, a guard at an art museum, becomes intrigued by, and eventually falls in love with, the ailing Christabel, the subject of a mysterious new painting. Fortunately for Victor, Christabel is a real person (er, crocodile) who has merely been enchanted into the painting by her wicked magician cousin, so he does stand a chance at freeing her and thus winning her love.
Frankly, I liked the premise of this book, but the author doesn't really care about pesky things like details. For instance, I felt Christabel was rather dull, and if it hadn't been for the fact that Victor obviously cared about her, I wouldn't have given a hoot whether she escaped from the painting or not. As one of the editorial reviews noted, her defining characteristic is that she is extremely obedient, allowing her evil cousin to use and abuse her in her own house! That sort of thing went out with "Cinderella," thanks. Plus, the aforementioned cousin's sudden appearance is bizarre, and obviously a deus ex machina to get Christabel into the painting in the first place. Some original plotting would have been nice. Overall, a neat premise and cute illustrations, but disappointing.