Mia, Matt and the Lazy Gator

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Twins Mia and Matt can't wait to get to their uncle's summer cottage and find out what animal will be the star of their vacation. Uncle Orlando is the best animal trainer in the country for movies and television. Last time, they helped him train a group of pigs to sing.
This year turns out to be a challenge—to get an alligator, the slowest and laziest animal on the planet, to dance! All Nestor the Gator will do for Orlando is bathe in the sun. ...
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Twins Mia and Matt can't wait to get to their uncle's summer cottage and find out what animal will be the star of their vacation. Uncle Orlando is the best animal trainer in the country for movies and television. Last time, they helped him train a group of pigs to sing.
This year turns out to be a challenge—to get an alligator, the slowest and laziest animal on the planet, to dance! All Nestor the Gator will do for Orlando is bathe in the sun. Will the twins get bitten, or will Matt's breakdancing skills help Nestor learn some moves?
Suddenly, a strange thing happens--the gator starts making a sculpture out of mud and grass. What is he up to? Mia and Matt are in for a surprise! The alligator turns out to be female, and soon thirty baby alligators, nesting in the sculpture, hatch from their eggs.
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Editorial Reviews

Southwest Ohio and Neighboring Libraries (SWON)
"Children will enjoy the playful story."
CM Magazine
"Bestows young readers with the hopefulness to reach their desired goals. I would recommend Langlois' early reader for both school and public libraries."
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"An easy read for a student needing some action and picture support to keep interested...Recommended."
Kirkus Reviews - Kikus Reviews

This early chapter book is a somewhat awkward translation from the French original. Twins Mia and Matt head to their Uncle Orlando's summer cottage, as they do every year. Orlando is a famous animal trainer, and the twins can't wait to see what sort of animal his current project involves, especially since he often needs their help to get the creatures to cooperate. The twins are stunned to discover that this year's mammoth task is to train an alligator to dance, and, as Mia and Matt feared, it is not going well. To complicate things further, Orlando is distracted by his "charming sweetheart," Maria, and even Matt has gotten bitten by the love bug. Mia devises a plan to get things back on track with the gator Gabe, but it turns out that Gabe is the one with the bigger surprise in store. Though the design and layout suggest a young target audience, the advanced vocabulary (writhe, posterity and discreetly all appear on a single page) as well as the romantic focus—sweethearts, smooches and spooning all making an appearance—will make this one a hard sell to the early elementary crowd. (Fiction. 6-9)

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This early chapter book is a somewhat awkward translation from the French original. Twins Mia and Matt head to their Uncle Orlando's summer cottage, as they do every year. Orlando is a famous animal trainer, and the twins can't wait to see what sort of animal his current project involves, especially since he often needs their help to get the creatures to cooperate. The twins are stunned to discover that this year's mammoth task is to train an alligator to dance, and, as Mia and Matt feared, it is not going well. To complicate things further, Orlando is distracted by his "charming sweetheart," Maria, and even Matt has gotten bitten by the love bug. Mia devises a plan to get things back on track with the gator Gabe, but it turns out that Gabe is the one with the bigger surprise in store. Though the design and layout suggest a young target audience, the advanced vocabulary (writhe, posterity and discreetly all appear on a single page) as well as the romantic focus—sweethearts, smooches and spooning all making an appearance—will make this one a hard sell to the early elementary crowd. (Fiction. 6-9)

Children's Literature - Maggie L. Schrock
Twins Mia and Matt spend their summer in the country at their Uncle Orlando's cottage. Uncle Orlando spends each summer training an animal for a TV show or movie. This summer Mia and Matt get to help train an alligator to dance. Unfortunately, Matt is swept up in a long-distance romance with Mia's best friend Eloise, and Orlando is busy romancing his sweetheart, Maria. Feeling left out, Mia spends her time trying to get Gabe the Alligator to dance, including wearing a home-made gator costume and playing music. Gabe is just too busy with the sculpture she makes on the bank of the pond. To everyone's surprise, they begin hearing noises from within the sculpture. Together they uncover where the noises are coming from and discover that Gabe has become the mother of thirty-three little alligator babies. Mia, Matt, Orlando, and Maria work together to teach all of the alligators a hip-hop routine to perform for a television commercial and Mia learns an important lesson about jealousy and friendship. A wonderfully told story, with endearing pencil drawings to hold attention, early readers are sure to love it. Reviewer: Maggie L. Schrock
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780887809361
  • Publisher: Formac Publishing Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/1/2011
  • Series: Formac First Novels Series
  • Edition description: Translatio
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.80 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Annie Langlois has been involved with children's literature for more than ten years, first as a librarian and then as the art director for La courte echelle. She recently completed a doctorate in children's literature at Sorbonne-Nouvelle University in Paris.
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