Deep in the jungle lurks Alan the alligator, descended from a long line of very scary alligators. Read more...
Deep in the jungle lurks Alan the alligator, descended from a long line of very scary alligators. He prepares carefully -- polishing his scales, brushing each of his big, scary teeth, and practicing his frightening faces -- then sneaks into the jungle to terrorize the jungle critters. (-I'm big, scary Alan Fear my razor-sharp teeth -) But after a long day of scaring, Alan likes nothing better than to enjoy the crossword, run a warm mud bath, and take out his teeth, which nobody else knows are false. Until one morning, when Alan wakes up and finds that his teeth are gone Without those teeth, he's just not very scary, and scaring is the only thing he knows how to do. Or is it? Witty, charming, and playful storytelling will have preschoolers cheering for Alan as he discovers a new way to fit in.
- ISBN-13: 9780763681203
- ISBN-10: 0763681202
- Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
- Publish Date: February 2016
- Page Count: 32
- Reading Level: Ages 3-6
- Dimensions: 10.1 x 11.2 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.15 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-11-09
- Reviewer: Staff
With his gleaming white teeth, Alan the Alligator has the run of the jungle. Bwa-ha-ha! I love being scary, he cackles as he stomps around like a latter-day Godzilla, while the other animals eek, squawk, and hide in panic. But Alan has a deep secret: his teeth are false. And after that secret gets out, a deeply embarrassed Alan (My teeth! Wheah ah my teeth? he shouts, gummily) doesnt get much sympathy from those he terrorized. A zebra cant change his stripes, but can a chastened alligator revamp his modus operandi? Jarvis (Lazy Dave) strikes a brisk, matter-of-fact tone thats spot-on for his overconfident, inconsiderate hero, and he ties up the loose ends of the story with a clever best-of-both-worlds twist. His pictures are even better: working in pencil, chalk, paint, and digital color, he gives each image a striking aesthetic density, with translucent layers, hand-drawn texturing, and lush color combinations redolent of batik and collage. Theyre gorgeousand thanks to his accomplished cartooning, theyre funny, too. Ages 25. Agency: Bright Agency. (Feb.)