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Oliver and his alligator

by Schmid, Paul,

Format: Print Book 2013
Availability: Available at 10 Libraries 10 of 12 copies
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Oliver is nervous about the first day of school, so he picks up an alligator at the swamp, just in case. And boy, does it come in handy! Whenever anything scares Oliver - be it a teacher, a classmate or the prospect of learning everything - the alligator makes the problem go away. Quickly, school becomes much simpler. and a little lonely. But Oliver knows just what to do!
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Oliver is quiet, shy, and a bit short on bravery. Facing his first day of school, Oliver picks up an alligator at his local swamp to help him make it through those fraught first interactions. When directed to munch, munch, the alligator helpfully swallows Oliver's teacher and his classmates to spare the boy further anxiety. Finally, alone in his classroom and rather bored, Oliver hears the sounds of fun coming from inside his new companion. Ready to embrace the joy of community, he comes up with an unexpected solution. Schmid gives a standard tale a new twist by using a carnivorous reptile, usually an easy object of fear, as a vehicle for courage and security instead. Oliver's fears will be easily accessible to his young audience, and Schmid (Petunia Goes Wild, 2012) uses solid but gently curving lines and light pastels to encompass both Oliver's glum trepidation and, later, his exuberant realization, giving the book a visual through line and a sense of happy fulfillment. A comfortable story to help ease young readers with their own transitions.--Karp, Jesse Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Oliver, first seen cradling a toy alligator and staring at an uneaten breakfast, dreads the first day of school. He "felt his brave wasn't nearly as big as he needed it to be," so he invites an alligator to join him. When a "lady who wasn't his mom" greets him and asks his name, he musters only two words: "Munch, munch!" Each time Oliver feels anxious, this response makes his alligator swallow the perceived threat. Soon his friendly fellow students and some intimidating educational materials are inside the ballooning reptile. Schmid (Perfectly Percy) sketches Oliver in a few angular dashes of pastel pencil. The soft, crayony lines belie Oliver's anxiety, and his alligator, for all its alleged ferocity, never shows any teeth (and lacks even a visible mouth). Readers are left to imagine the offstage "munch, munch" and later learn-as Oliver questions his limiting desire for solitude-that the students are having fun inside the beast, while Oliver (temporarily) stays outside. Schmid focuses on how a child uses imagination to devour, and finally to conquer, a fear of socializing. Ages 3-5. Agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects First day of school -- Fiction.
Schools -- Fiction.
Fear -- Fiction.
Alligators -- Fiction.
First day of school -- Juvenile fiction.
Schools -- Juvenile fiction.
Fear -- Juvenile fiction.
Alligators -- Juvenile fiction.
Publisher New York :Disney-Hyperion Books,2013
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 25 cm
ISBN 9781423174370
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