If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don't!
by Elise Parsley


Overview - This unforgettable introduction to a charismatic kid heroine also marks the dazzling debut of an extraordinary new artistic talent
Note to self: If your teacher tells you to bring something from nature for show-and-tell, she does "not" want you to bring an alligator But nothing will stop Magnolia, who's determined to have the best show-and-tell of all--until her reptilian rapscallion starts getting her into some major trouble.
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Overview
This unforgettable introduction to a charismatic kid heroine also marks the dazzling debut of an extraordinary new artistic talent
Note to self: If your teacher tells you to bring something from nature for show-and-tell, she does "not" want you to bring an alligator But nothing will stop Magnolia, who's determined to have the best show-and-tell of all--until her reptilian rapscallion starts getting her into some major trouble. Now it's up to Magnolia to find a way to send this troublemaker home--but what could "possibly" scare an alligator away?


 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780316376570
  • ISBN-10: 0316376574
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publish Date: July 2015
  • Page Count: 40
  • Reading Level: Ages 4-8
  • Dimensions: 11.8 x 9.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds

Series: Magnolia Says Don't!

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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Humorous Stories
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Imagination & Play
Books > Juvenile Fiction > School & Education

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-05-25
  • Reviewer: Staff

A shaggy-haired, moon-faced girl named Magnolia morphs from smug to seething in Parsley’s debut, a cautionary tale about the risks of bringing an alligator to school. In second-person narration à la If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Magnolia explains how to defuse an unhappy teacher (“You’ll tell her that it’s okay and that you know all about alligators. The alligator will be good and quiet and he won’t eat anyone—cross your heart”), but the gator’s mischievous tendencies test the girl’s patience and threaten to land her in the principal’s office. (Eventually, Magnolia’s name ends up written on the classroom chalkboard with three checkmarks next to it “and an underline”!) Parsley’s digitally created illustrations brim with energy and just-edgy-enough humor (during math, a classmate is blissfully unaware how close he is to becoming the alligator’s next meal), and the well-chosen school-day details in both the artwork and text (“By now, of course, you’ll wish you brought a hollow stick or a bird’s nest or some sparkly rocks for show-and-tell”) deliver a steady stream of laughs. Ages 3–6. Agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (July)

 
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