|If you ever want to bring an alligator to school, don't! (Magnolia says don't!)|
Author: Parsley, Elise
A child provides insights, based on personal experience, into everything that can go wrong if one brings an alligator to school for show-and-tell.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 3.70
Points: .5 Quiz: 174526
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: K-2
Reading Level: 3.60
Points: 1.0 Quiz: 66385
School Library Journal (00/07/15)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 07/01/2015 K-Gr 2—Is Magnolia a rebel or natural leader? Readers will need to decide when this young avant-garde student brings an alligator to school for show and tell. In second person narration, readers are warned against bringing an alligator to school, as the text and illustrations use Magnolia and her mischievious alligator as examples of the havoc that such a creature can bring to a classroom setting. After the alligator chews gum in class, tries to eat a student, and shows funny pictures during the teacher's lesson, he is finally introduced during show and tell. When Magnolia reveals a surprising fact about alligators (they are only afraid of other alligators—and humans!), the troublesome creature makes a run for it. Magnolia, could be the sister of David, from David Shannon's picture book series, with her large round head, wide mouth, and wiry hair. Magnolia is as busy as the alligator and just as prone to tomfoolery. The endpapers continue the goofy fun. VERDICT This is an engaging debut picture book written in free verse will appeal to a wide age range. Here's hoping for more adventures with Magnolia!—Gwen Collier, Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, NY - Copyright 2015 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.