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 Gator dad
 Author: Lies, Brian

 Publisher:  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2016)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [32] p., col. ill., 23 x 28 cm.

 BTSB No: 572529 ISBN: 9780544534339
 Ages: 4-7 Grades: K-2

 Alligators -- Fiction
 Father-child relationship -- Fiction

Price: $21.46

From seemingly mundane tasks such as grocery shopping to more active pursuits like a romp at the park and fort-building, a loving and playful father alligator shows his gator kids that the simplest pleasures done together can make for an incredibly fun day.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 1.80
   Points: .5   Quiz: 182055

   Kirkus Reviews (04/01/16)
   School Library Journal (02/01/16)
   Booklist (04/15/16)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 02/01/2016 PreS-Gr 2—A fun-loving and vivacious alligator dad embraces the tasks of the day with his three little gators in tow. He knows how to make errands exciting and the little things in life robust. Gator Dad sets off on a day of imaginative adventure through the grocery store, the park, and the neighborhood and even back at home. Gator Dad's energy knows no limits, and kids will love seeing how he tackles the everyday occurrences in life. The illustrations are colorful and fun, adding a great deal of humor to the story. The hues are rich and vibrant, and the characters' expressions are full of joy. The concise prose is lyrical but not rhyming. "I'll be your raft on a sea of grass,/a tree for you to climb./I might even agree to do something/ that maybe we shouldn't have done." The content of the story will pull listeners in and keep them engaged. VERDICT This is great fun as a read-aloud, and early readers will enjoy the challenge of independent reading as well.—Amy Shepherd, St. Anne's Episcopal School, Middleton, DE - Copyright 2016 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 04/15/2016 Gator Dad is one cool dad. He and his three kids “squeeze the day,” eking out everything they can and pushing conventional limits to turn daily activities into exciting romps. Dad is both inclusive (“If something in the fridge has gone bad . . . I’ll let you smell it, too”) and unorthodox, his methods resulting in the occasional mishap (such as an accidental dunk in a pond). Lies’ rich paintings add humor and are especially effective in capturing the gator kids’ gleeful expressions. Scenes include quiet times, too, such as cuddling on the couch and goodnight stories. Many of the illustrations spill across double-page spreads, making this a great choice for a read-aloud. This gator family seems to have an idyllic setup: there is no job or school to get in the way of their fun, and mealtimes, bath times, and bedtimes all appear to be drama free. When the book ends with Gator Dad’s charmingly offbeat invitation (“Let’s squeeze tomorrow, too”), young readers will be ready. - Copyright 2016 Booklist.

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