The first hilarious story in the New York Times bestselling Magnolia Says DON'T! series about a charismatic kid who's got a terrific knack for terrible ideas!
Note to self: If your teacher tells you to bring something from nature for show-and-tell, she does not want you to bring an alligator! But nothing will stop Magnolia, who's determined to have the best show-and-tell of alluntil her reptilian rapscallion starts getting her into some major trouble. Now it's up to Magnolia to find a way to send this troublemaker homebut what could possibly scare an alligator away?
About the Author
Elise Parsley wrote and illustrated the bestselling If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don't!, which was her debut picture book. She has also written and illustrated If You Ever Want to Bring a Piano to the Beach, Don't!; If You Ever Want to Bring a Circus to the Library, Don't!; Neck & Neck; and illustrated The Magic Word by Mac Barnett. She lives in South Dakota with her husband. She invites you to visit her online at eliseparsley.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Bought this book for my niece as a bedtime book. She absolutely loves it, makes me read it over and over again for her. The illustrations are just big, bright and beautiful. Looking forward for more stories from the same author and illustrator.
Seriously, Wouldn’t an Alligator Make the Best Show and Tell Ever? The story follows Magnolia, who has come up with the best show and tell ever for nature day. Instead of a hollow stick or a bird’s nest, she has brought in an alligator. She promises her teacher that the alligator will behave and not eat anyone, but oh the trouble that he gets into – drawing funny pictures, making paper airplanes, and so on. Will it be worth it in the end? While there is definitely a main character and a name, the book is actually told in second person. It’s not a narrative style you normally see, but it does seem to work here. That means we become Magnolia as we read the book. It also means it reminds me of the If You Give a Mouse a Cookie series. No, this doesn’t have the logical steps and conclusions of those books, but you’ll definitely be reminded of them as you read this book. Ultimately, what it comes down to is if this book is fun, and that I can answer with a resounding yes. The premise has the potential for quite a bit of fun, and we actually get to see that played out as the story progresses. No, the alligator never does anything too bad, and the trouble he gets into is just plain funny. Adding to the fun story are the wonderful pictures. There are reactions and jokes in those pictures you’ll definitely want to watch for. This is a book that kids will want to read over and over again, and parents won’t mind in the least because it is so much fun. Don’t hesitate. Go out and get If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don’t! today.
SUCH a cute book!