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Paul and his sister, Lydia, are waiting for dinner. Their younger brother, Jimmy, is in the playroom. It's just another ordinary evening. Mother is mashing potatoes. Father is flipping burgers. Suddenly, they hear a loud thump from the direction of the playroom. Paul runs down the hall to check on his brother, only to discover an alligator has climbed through the playroom window. An alligator! Paul races back to the kitchen with the amazing news, but no one believes him. What happens next makes a hilarious picture book romp. Mary Olson's zany story is illustrated with zest by Tammie Lyon.
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Mary Olson is the author of Nice Try, Tooth Fairy. She lives in New Canaan, Connecticut.
Tammie Lyon has illustrated a number of books for children, the most recent of which is Grumpy Bunnies. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.
PreSchool-Grade 3-Paul's mother, father, and bossy sister simply do not want to believe him when he tries to explain the chaos heard upstairs. When he tells them that an alligator has wandered into the house and is chasing his brother Jimmy, the whole family thinks that he is making up stories again. After the otherwise friendly looking beast swallows Jimmy whole, Paul rescues him. Together, they try to tell their parents that the alligator is real, but no one believes them until they hear a loud, "Slurp, slurp, slurp," and Lydia is nowhere to be found. The lively writing bounces off the pages, using lots of onomatopoeic words to describe the commotion made by the pesky beast. Lyon's active watercolor cartoons suit the mood of the text and make the alligator more funny than frightening. The illustrations are sometimes awkward and occasionally a bit off in their perspective, but their brightness and color catch the eye and will be good for group read-alouds. An amusing tale that is sure to be a crowd pleaser.
Toni D. Moore, Simon Kenton High School, Independence, KY
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Book Description Boyds Mills Press, 2000. Condition: New. Tammie Lyon (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M1563978032
Book Description Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # STR-1563978032