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If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don't!

If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don't!

Fall 2015 Picture Books
Ages: 3 - 6 yrs.
Author: Elise Parsley
ISBN: 9780316376570
Hardcover Price: $17.00

"Alligators are trouble!," warns Magnolia's teacher in this rib-tickling picture book. The little girl promises that the very large, green and toothy alligator she has brought to school for show-and-tell will be "quiet and good-and he won't eat anyone." He won't, that is, if Magnolia keeps a sharp eye out in math class. While working up an appetite, the rambunctious reptile spends the day mischief-making and getting Magnolia into enough trouble to earn a trip to the principal's office. Origami-gone-wrong and lip-smacking, gum-chewing (alligator style) figure into the mix. Will Magnolia and her alligator triumph when show-and-tell arrives? And will it be worth it? By day's end, Magnolia lets readers know in no uncertain terms exactly how she feels. First time children's book author Elise Parsley matches her witty narrative with her own complementary font and delightfully detailed, digitally drawn and painted illustrations. Reminiscent of the "If You Give...Book" series, but standing very much on its own.

Lynne Heffley   ©2015 Parents' Choice
A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper's first weekly children's arts and entertainment beat.

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