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Children's LiteratureTrosclair 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