Overview

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 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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Mia, Matt and the Lazy Gator

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Overview

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 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."
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
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)

Kirkus 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780887809583
  • Publisher: Formac Publishing Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/1/2011
  • Series: Formac First Novels
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 1
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.25 (d)
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

ANNIE LANGLOIS has worked in children's literature for more than ten years, first as a librarian and then as the art director for publisher La courte chelle. She recently completed a doctorate in children's literature at Sorbonne-Nouvelle University in Paris.

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 completing a doctorate in children's literature at Sorbonne-Nouvelle University in Paris.

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Chapter 1
Already it was almost time to leave for Blackfly Lake. For once, the time had flown by. I was busy with my final tests and my job as director of the year-end festival at school.
My brother Matt had choreographed a hip-hop dance for the show. His group was a big hit. Matt had a posse of girls following him around, including Eloise, my best friend.
From my bedroom I could hear Uncle Orlando singing. He was delighted to be moving back to the country for the summer, knowing he'd be with his charming sweetheart, Maria.
Finally I was ready to go, but Matt was still talking on the phone. I listened at the door. Hmmm, he was talking to Eloise.
"Sure, you can call me at the cottage. Didn't Mia give you the number?"
I hadn't even thought of giving her the number, so I felt a bit guilty. But on the other hand, she never asked me for it!
I opened the door a crack to spy on Matt. I don't know what Eloise said to him, but he suddenly blushed, stammered and hung up.
I walked in, pretending I had just got there.
"Time to get ready, Mr. Popularity!"
Matt wasn't listening. He didn't even know I was there. He walked over to the closet and pulled out his suitcase. In three minutes and forty-five seconds, he was packed and ready to go.
When we got into the back seat of the car, he still hadn't opened his mouth.
"Are you all right, Matt?" asked Orlando.
"What? Yeah"
Orlando and I were not so sure, but we let it drop. Matt was definitely in some other zone. He wasn't himself. What had Eloise done to him?
***
By the time we got to the cottage, Matt was more or less back to normal. We were both eager to find out what animal we would be spending time with this summer.
Uncle Orlando is a top animal wrangler for television and movies. Every summer, a new animal has a starring role in our summer vacation!
Matt and I raced to the barn, trying to guess what we would find there.
"I bet it's a gazelle!" I gasped as I galloped.
"No! A lion!" roared Matt, running along beside me.
We opened the massive wooden doors to the barn. Surprise! It was empty. Total silence reigned.
Disappointed, we trudged back to the car. Orlando had a mischievous look on his face.
"This year, kids," he announced, "we're raising the animals at a different location."
"Where?" demanded Matt.
Orlando nodded in the direction of the pond.
"I know! I know!" cried Matt.
Then he started hopping around, yelling "Ribbit! Ribbit!"
Orlando managed to keep a straight face as he shook his head no. We all headed over to the pond. I prayed we wouldn't be raising leeches.
Matt totally flipped out when he saw the strange and enormous beast.
"Wow! An alligator!"
I was not so excited. An alligator? What could you train an alligator to do? And I wondered do alligators bite?
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