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Alligator Wedding
     

Alligator Wedding

by Nancy Jewell, J. Rutland (Illustrator)
 

Down in the bayou
in the marshy glades

where the alligators slither and slide,

on a warm summer night

when the moon was bright

an alligator took a bride.

And what a night it is!

Join a crowd of boisterous beasties for a rollicking night full of feasting and dancing as they celebrate the alligators' wedding

Overview

Down in the bayou
in the marshy glades

where the alligators slither and slide,

on a warm summer night

when the moon was bright

an alligator took a bride.

And what a night it is!

Join a crowd of boisterous beasties for a rollicking night full of feasting and dancing as they celebrate the alligators' wedding as only the creatures of the bayou can. From belching toasts to the newlyweds, to doing the Big Beast Boogie, to throwing spicy rice, there's never a dull moment!

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“All the jollity one would expect from a tale about the marriage of two alligators rolls out in this festive picture book… This one is sure to perk up humor collections.” —School Library Journal
School Library Journal
PreS-K—All the jollity one would expect from a tale about the marriage of two alligators rolls out in this festive picture book. Plot is minimal and Jewell's rhyming verse doesn't always scan smoothly, but all the accruements of a wedding—from ceremony and dinner to cake cutting, dancing, and tossing the bouquet—play out to a "frenzied bayou beat." Rutland makes good use of the occasion, adorning the wedding couple in tux and shimmering gown; fitting out the band in white shirt, black ties, and dark glasses; and presenting the guests swinging and swaying in the marshy setting. Background antics of the frogs, pelicans, turtles, spiders, and mice add bits of amusement. In one image, a mouse gasps in horror as the cake-filled fork that it clings to heads into the huge open mouth of the groom. This one is sure to perk up humor collections.—Barbara Elleman, Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, MA
Kirkus Reviews
Jewell describes a rowdy alligator wedding in jaunty Edward Lear-esque rhyme. First there is the ceremony complete with a ring and a "big slurpy kiss, on the bride's long bumpy snout." Then, with the formalities over, the party begins in earnest. The bayou beasts feast and toast the happy couple, after which the bride feeds the groom half of the wedding cake, sliding it into his mouth with a rake. Then, of course, there is music and dancing. When the bride throws her crawfish bouquet too high, it is scooped up by a pelican. The newlyweds step into their honeymoon barge which sinks under their weight. Although the groom is distraught, the bride knows just what to do-swim, of course! The party goes on long after the couple's departure, with the animals finally collapsing at sunrise. This amusing-enough romp is made much more interesting by Rutland's winning illustrations, which flesh out the scenes and bring the bride, the groom and their many guests to life in all their quirky glory. (Picture book. 4-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805068191
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
05/11/2010
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Nancy Jewell is the author of many favorite books for children including Two Silly Trolls, Five Little Kittens, and Sailor Song. She lives in Wilmington, Delaware.

J. Rutland was born in Alabama, raised in North Carolina, and now lives in New Jersey. This is his first book. You can see more of his artwork at www.rutlandart.com.

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