Zack's Alligator and the First Snow

Zack's Alligator and the First Snow

by Shirley Mozelle, James Watts
     
 

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Zack and Bridget are back for more gator-ific fun! Join these special friends as they embark upon an exciting winter wonderland adventure together.

Overview

Zack and Bridget are back for more gator-ific fun! Join these special friends as they embark upon an exciting winter wonderland adventure together.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Mary Quattlebaum
In this latest in the early-reader series about a boy and his magical Gator, Zack is building a snowman by a frozen lake when—poof!—the reptilian figure on his keychain transforms into Bridget, a full-grown alligator. Happily, toothy Bridget is more interested in eating the lake's fish than her human companion. Zack shows her all the fun things they can do in the snow, from making snow angels to twirling on the ice to sledding. When she shrinks again, Zack knows that Bridget will return soon for another adventure. This wacky winter adventure will have kids clamoring for the next book about this unlikely likable twosome. Reviewer: Mary Quattlebaum
Kirkus Reviews
Zack and his alligator, Bridget, have a wintry adventure in this early reader. When grown-ups aren't around, Zack's alligator key chain comes alive, à la Calvin and Hobbes, and grows to life size whenever she gets wet. In this latest imaginative romp, Bridget experiences snow for the first time. She and Zack make a new friend in a little girl they meet, and the trio makes snow angels (and gators), goes sledding and--hysterically--manages to escape being spotted by Zack's parents. Hungry, Bridget lets her nose lead her to the ice, where she gobbles down every fish she sees--it's no wonder that Zack's ice-fishing parents come up empty-handed at the end of the day. Watts' softly-colored illustrations reflect the joy and exuberance that snow brings, while Bridget's innocence is charming: She seems a mix of Frosty the Snowman and Amelia Bedelia in what she doesn't know. Her comparisons to what she is familiar with from her native Florida will provoke giggles (each snowflake is different, "[l]ike the snails and slugs in the Glades"). Simple sentences and vocabulary and a lively story make this just right for developing readers. Fans will be looking for Zack's parting words to Bridget to come true: "We'll have more fun soon." (Early reader. 4-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061473722
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/20/2011
Series:
I Can Read Book 2 Series
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
594,816
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Shirley Mozelle is also the author of Zack's Alligator and Zack's Alligator Goes to School, as well as several critically acclaimed picture books. She lives in Tampa, Florida.

James Watts is a published author and illustrator of children’s and young adult books. He also illustrated Zack's Alligator and Zack's Alligator Goes to School. He lives in San Francisco.

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