Trosclair and the Alligator

Trosclair and the Alligator

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by Peter Huggins

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Trosclair loves to row to Bee Island, but he has been warned not to go there because Gargantua, a giant alligator, is lurking there. But that is where the best turtle eggs are found... The story of how Trosclair outwits the alligator is told in lively language that is sure to delight both readers and listeners.


Trosclair loves to row to Bee Island, but he has been warned not to go there because Gargantua, a giant alligator, is lurking there. But that is where the best turtle eggs are found... The story of how Trosclair outwits the alligator is told in lively language that is sure to delight both readers and listeners.

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Children's Literature
Trosclair takes his dog Ollie by pirogue to Bee Island Swamp, where they find the best turtle eggs, although he has been warned that Gargantua, the rogue alligator, has moved there. When they discover a bee hive, they climb the tree to get the honey. From up there, to their horror, they discover Gargantua beneath them. The alligator tells Trosclair to toss down Ollie and then he will leave him alone. But the clever boy tricks Gargantua into asking for the beehive instead, with predictable consequences. The lively text is filled with fun, along with touches of Cajun dialect. Gardiner sets the swampy stage on the endpapers using paints and a multitude of various textured-cut paper tree trunks. These media also define the happy characters and the not-so-happy alligator with the mouthful of sharp white teeth. The lines of text find room where they can, as the visual telling dominates the pages. Trosclair is as charming a youngster and Ollie as appealing a dog as one is apt to find in a swamp or out. 2006, Star Bright Books, Ages 4 to 8.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Children's Literature - Melissa A. Caudill
This colorful, playful picture book is set in a Louisiana bayou. It features a young boy named Trosclair and his dog, Ollie, who love to paddle the waters of the bayou along their home looking for turtle eggs. The author uses much of the vocabulary of the region, describing Trosclair and Ollie paddling in their pirogue or eating gumbo. The trouble begins when the two of them defy the rules and paddle out to Bee Island swamp where the feared, people eating alligator Gargantua lives. As they climb up a tree to get honey, they realize the log they stepped on to get up the tree is the mean old Gargantua. Unable to escape, they must outwit the hungry alligator in order get away. The bees in the hive help them with this endeavor. When they return home, Trosclair assures his father that Gargantua is long gone. Children will be captivated by the fun, friendly illustrations and this trickster tale set in a unique part of the United States.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-A spicy Louisiana tale about a boy and his dog as they search for turtle eggs. Trosclair and Ollie are drawn to forbidden Bee Island Swamp, home of Gargantua, the notorious, omnivorous, enormous alligator, because it also affords the tastiest turtle eggs. Trosclair's father had warned him to stay away: "`That alligator eat you and Ollie so fast,' P re said, `he won't even stop to burp.'" Stepping on a "log" that's really Gargantua, the two flee up the nearest tree where a buzzing hive presents the means for their clever escape. The language is rich with imagery and vernacular that begs to be read aloud. Huggins provides a careful balance between evocative dialect and a readable tale. The mixed-media artwork combines watercolors, ink, and cut paper in a visual gumbo, layered with heat and cool, humor and fear. A successful pairing of text and illustrations.-Mary Hazelton, Elementary Schools in Warren & Waldoboro, ME Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Trosclair lives on Bayou Fontaine in Louisiana and loves nothing better than hunting turtles in the swamp with his dog Ollie in his pirogue. But now he's not allowed to go to the swamp because the rogue alligator Gargantua has moved in, scaring everybody. Pere tells him, "That alligator eat you and Ollie so fast he won't even stop to burp." But does Trosclair listen to his pa? Nope, not when the lure of the swamp's silence, Bee Island and the cypress trees calls him. Sure enough, that sneaky, slimy gator corners Trosclair and Ollie up a tree, telling Trosclair, "Trow down dat dog and I'll leave you alone." Now Trosclair is sly; by using the old "tar baby in the briar patch" ploy, he "trows" down a beehive instead, which sends the toothy, grinning Gargantua buzzin' away. Comical illustrations crackle with Cajun flavor and paneled scenes ripple the action, bringing it into play. Never mind that an alligator doesn't know what a beehive is, this swampy romp of an impish boy outwitting the gnarly gator is plain ole Cajun fun. (Picture book. 5-8)

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Star Bright Books, Incorporated
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9.70(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.40(d)
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Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Peter Huggins is a poet and children's book author. Trosclair and the Alligator, his first picture book, has appeared on the PBS show Between the Lions, has received a Mom's Choice Award, and was listed as a Best Book by Bank Street and CCBC Choices. He teaches in the English Department at Auburn University.

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Trosclair and the Alligator 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Roxanne Rask More than 1 year ago
Trosclair And the Alligator is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom’s Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS’s Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling Author and; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. Parents and educators look for the Mom’s Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.
Janow More than 1 year ago
My son is too old to want to be read to. I got this book for myself because Lindsey Gardener's art is amazing! The story is good too. It's a good one to read over and over because the details of the pictures are fascinating. Parents would not get tired of it.