'Gator Aid

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A third book in the popular Fraser brothers series.

Right after seeing his older brother, Jason, in a school production of Peter Pan, Edward Fraser claims to have spotted an alligator in his neighborhood park's lake. Jason and his parents think the sighting is a result of Edward's overactive imagination, probably inspired by the play. But then the local news media hear about it and suddenly the town is all abuzz. Cameramen, reporters, animal ...
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Overview

A third book in the popular Fraser brothers series.

Right after seeing his older brother, Jason, in a school production of Peter Pan, Edward Fraser claims to have spotted an alligator in his neighborhood park's lake. Jason and his parents think the sighting is a result of Edward's overactive imagination, probably inspired by the play. But then the local news media hear about it and suddenly the town is all abuzz. Cameramen, reporters, animal rights activists, and Jim Bob Hooke, a professional alligator rescuer, are all camped out by the lake, waiting to see the 'gator. Does it really exist? Of course it does! Jane Cutler once again captures the essence of boyhood in this hilarious chapter book.

Imaginative second-grader Edward swears he saw a baby alligator in the Shaw Park lake, but no one believes him.

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Horn Book
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A solid choice for second- and third-grade readers, this novel relates the adventures of Edward Fraser, who first appeared as Jason's canine-impersonating younger brother in No Dogs Allowed (rev. 1/93). Based on the everyday experiences of ordinary children and employing the same sort of idiomatic gags that were sprinkled through the earlier book, the plot this time revolves around Edward's sighting of a baby alligator in the lake at the local park. His innocent comments are misconstrued and elaborated upon until the incident becomes a cause cèbre inviting TV cameras, animal rights activists, and a professional alligator catcher flown up from the Louisiana bayous. Edward gets caught up in the excitement, oblivious to the part he has played in triggering events. Not all children at the younger end of the book's target audience will get the point about the power of the word, just as they may not get the running joke (a tad overdone) about Edward's literal understanding of such idioms as a nose for news and the early bird gets the worm. But they will agree with Edward that the several comments on his "overactive imagination" are euphemisms for lying and will rejoice in his vindication at the end when the foot-long baby alligator that he has insisted all along he saw is discovered. An undemanding, light read with characters a notch or two above stereotypes. n.v.
Publishers Weekly
In this follow-up to No Dogs Allowed and Rats!, second-grader Edward thinks he sees an alligator at the lake in the local park and, after he reports it, the Fraser brothers get caught up in the ensuing melee. Ages 7-10. (Apr.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Wittily and winningly, Mills's often poignant comedy focuses on one of the boys from her Losers, Inc. While his best friend has found his strengths, Julius Zimmerman still feels doomed to failure. It's summer vacation, and Julius's ambitious mom is determined to use the time to "set a good foundation for seventh grade." She has enrolled him in an intensive French language course for the mornings, arranged an afternoon job baby-sitting a three-year-old tyrant named Edison and also obliges him to keep a weekly "goal-setting" journal. Befuddled in French class, terrified that he'll have to change a dirty diaper, Julius has a familiar, sinking feeling: "Disappointing his mother was the one thing Julius was good at." Mills strikes a delicate balance. Her humorously constructed scenes of classroom antics, baby-sitting triumphs and disasters, and unspoken domestic conflicts are both touching and peppered with laugh-out-loud apercus. Fans of the companion novel will be intrigued by the familiar characters glimpsed through an alternate viewpoint, and newcomers will join them in rooting for Julius as he finds his stride. Although the ending is a little bit neat, this novel as a whole rings satisfyingly true. Ages 8-12. (Sept.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-4 In the Fraser brothers' third appearance, second-grader Edward can't convince anyone that he has seen a baby alligator in the lake at the local park. His family and friends assume his imagination is working overtime, especially since he recently saw a production of Peter Pan performed by his brother's fifth-grade class, and particularly enjoyed the crocodile. A rumor of the minuscule lake dweller reaches a local radio station and soon grows into a huge man-eating reptile, as big and dangerous as the media frenzy it engenders. Captain Hooke, a Louisiana alligator trapper, arrives with his granddaughter to rescue or is it capture the little creature. Young readers will enjoy this light tale of neighborhood adventure, and will be pleased with the ending, happy for all. Darcy Schild, Schwegler Elementary School, Lawrence, KS Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Cutler's comedy examines truth and exaggeration, and takes shots at public hysteria and how it's created, in this third book about the Fraser brothers (No Dogs Allowed, 1992, etc.). Edward is known for his active imagination, so when he tells people he's seen a baby alligator in the lake at the local public park, at first no one believes him. As the rumor spreads, the entire town starts searching for a dangerous, giant alligator. An alligator-catcher and his wise-cracking daughter, Earline, arrive from Louisiana; Earline has to take over the hunt when her father is injured in a tussle with an overeager TV crew. The baby alligator is caught, of course; this humorous romp is deft at giving readers a realistic glimpse of the difference between fact and fiction—and silly characters lighten the lesson. (Fiction. 7-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374425210
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 4/1/2002
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 42
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.16 (w) x 7.65 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Cutler’s previous novels about the Fraser brothers, No Dogs Allowed and Rats!, also illustrated by Tracey Campbell Pearson, have been compared to Beverly Cleary’s beloved classics. Ms. Cutler lives in San Francisco, California.

Tracey Campbell Pearson is an author and illustrator and lives in Jericho Center, Vermont.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2004

    recomends

    this book i think should be recomended to 3rd garde,4th grade and some graders this book includes some humorous sayings that was used in the olden days this book is also about an aligator in a park lake that everyone wants to see!!!

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