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

By Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Girl brings alligator for show-and-tell in funny romp.

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This funny picture book is a delightfully offbeat cautionary tale narrated by main character Magnolia and written in the second person. She speaks directly to the reader, telling "you" what not to do -- or else you'll get in trouble and could be sent to the principal's office.

The premise of IF YOU EVER WANT TO BRING AN ALLIGATOR TO SCHOOL, DON'T! is simple and silly, but the real draw is the expressive art. The teacher's look of irritation when she gets hit in the head with a paper airplane; Magnolia's gleeful (disruptive) reaction to the alligator's funny drawing passed to her in spelling class; her terrified, wide-mouthed expression when she notices the alligator's jaws hovering over an oblivious classmate's head -- these moments will provoke giggles if not guffaws in young readers. It's loads of fun and tailor-made for reading aloud.

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