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Alligator boy

by Rylant, Cynthia.

Format: Print Book 2007
Availability: Available at 10 Libraries 10 of 13 copies
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Summary
A boy is just plain tired of being a boy.So, he becomes an alligator--and it suits him just fine! His worried mother is comforted by the vet, who reassures her that all will be well, as long as the young alligator boy continues to attend school, of course.Whether scaring the class bully with his commanding grin or singing from his impressive snout in the choir, this brand-new lizard is ready to live his life with great green gusto.With Cynthia Rylant's buoyant rhyming text and Diane Goode's irresistible illustrations, this inspired celebration of the power of a child's imagination is full of whimsical details and reptilian glee.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "From the team who created When I Was Young in the Mountains (1982) comes a saga about a boy who dresses up as an alligator and shows, contrary to popular thought, that it is easy to be green. However, even an alligator boy must go to school. 'The vet said he must, that it was the rule." At school, after he deals with the bully, 'he found he enjoyed the student life fully." The book ends with a class visit back to the museum where he got the idea in the first place; 'his days were a joy . . .What a good green life for an alligator boy." The rhymed text and simple, very appealing illustrations will make this a popular read-aloud. The illustrations show the setting to be late 1920s or 1930s, but the theme of being different is timeless. Although there is very little drama here, children will enjoy this low-key vision of the experiences wearing an alligator costume might bring.--Enos, Randall Copyright 2007 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "It?s not uncommon for an imaginative child who grows tired of being the same person day in and day out to take on the identity of someone-or something-else. In this whimsical tale by the team behind Christmas in the Country, a boy decides that by turning himself into an alligator, he can have more fun doing everyday things. Rhyming verse carries the reader through a rather formulaic storyline as the boy tries on an alligator costume (consisting of an oversize head and tail) and presents his new self to family and friends (" ?I hope you still like me,? the small gator said./ Dad nodded and patted the reptile?s green head"). Goode?s watercolor illustrations, which depict the Alligator Boy outfitted in his new "skin," carefully follow the storyline to the letter; a few imaginative touches, however, are included in scenes in which the boy?s human torso is obscured, making him appear to have become a complete ?gator. The boy?s life improves as he makes friends easily at school and is able to defend himself from the class bully-all while dressed as an alligator-leaving readers to assume he was previously unable to do these things. Though sweet throughout, the story?s end is somewhat unsatisfying, with the boy remaining an alligator and life proceeding as usual. Ages 3-7. (June) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information."

Additional Information
Subjects Alligators -- Juvenile fiction.
Stories in rhyme.
Alligators -- Fiction.
Publisher Orlando, Fla. :Harcourt,2007
Edition 1st ed.
Contributors Goode, Diane.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 x 29 cm
ISBN 0152060928
9780152060923
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