From School Library Journal PreSchool-Grade 3 The alligators are playing baseball when outfielder Alfie is distracted by a passing snack. Izzy's long ball beans him, knocking him cold. He awakens with amnesia, frightened by the toothy characters standing over him. He takes off with the gang racing after him, out of the swamp, into the suburbs, frightening joggers. He climbs through a window, where Marge, who's lost her glasses, mistakes Alfie for her husband and feeds him breakfast. And that's only the beginning. The comedy of errors roars on to a happy ending with Marge finding her glasses and accident-prone Alfie coming to his senses in a madcap motorcycle mishap. Rubel, author of Uncle Henry and Aunt Henrietta's Honeymoon (Dial, 1986) and illustrator of Gantos' Rotten Ralph (Houghton, 1976), one of the best primitive cartoonists to put pen and color marker to paper, surpasses herself. A romp that's large enough for small groups but best on laps because of the detail. It's also easy enough for beginning readers. Helen Gregory, Grosse Pointe Public Library, Mich. Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Nicole Rubel is an author and illustrator known for her uniquely colorful illustrations and charming stories. She has over sixty books to her credit and is the co-creator of the popular Rotten Ralph series, which has sold more than one and a half million copies. Her work has garnered awards from The American Book Association, The American Institute of Graphic Arts, and American Booksellers. She currently resides with her husband on a farm in Aurora, Oregon.From Publishers Weekly:
In this story by the illustrator of the Rotten Ralph tales, set in the Florida Everglades, Alfie the alligator learns that he can't play baseball and eat at the same time. After sustaining a rather hard "bonk" on the head, Alfie runs off in a stupor. He is pursued by well-meaning friends, but he is in a state of amnesiac paranoia and hotfoots it out of the park. The addled Alfie finds his way into the home of an endearingly dizzy woman who is also nearsighted. Mistaking Alfie for her husband, she feels Alfie's cool reptilian forehead, declares him sick and plops him into bed. "She put what she thought was an icebag on his head . . . what she thought was a thermometer in his mouth. . . . " But Alfie sits with a handbag on his head and a toothbrush sticking out of his mouth. The real husband comes back from his walk as Alfie's alligator pals catch up with him and the crazy antics continue. Rubel's humorous text is augmented with lots of visual gags. Her extremely colorful, zany illustrations are festive and cleverly bordered with different kinds of palm trees and tropical plants indigenous to Florida. Ages 4-8.
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