Oliver and His Alligator

Oliver and His Alligator

Book - 2013 | 1st ed.
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Nervous about the first day of school, Oliver brings an alligator to school for protection.
Publisher: New York : Disney Hyperion Books, 2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781423174370
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 25 cm.


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ChristchurchKids Sep 23, 2014

On the way to his first day of school, shy Oliver stops by a swamp and recruits an alligator pal to bolster his wavering courage. At school, when the teacher asks Oliver his name, Oliver panics and whispers "munch, munch!" The teacher disappears -- and the alligator is fatter. The same process occurs each time Oliver meets something scary (like loud kids or new things to learn) until Oliver is all alone. Except…are those happy voices coming from inside the alligator? Rendered in muted pastels, Oliver's alligator is more endearing than frightening. Timid new students who relate to this fanciful tale of social anxiety may also appreciate the sequel, Oliver and His Egg.

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Sep 15, 2014

A wonderful, humorous book to help children face their fears of the first day of school.

MsMonica_0 Sep 08, 2014

Ever think your brave isn't big enough? That's how Oliver feels so he stops by the swamp and picks up an alligator, munch, munch! A fun starting school story or "Fat Cat" story time. Great for the preschool-K crowd and even is good for a chuckle from the parents.

Also check out Paul Schmid's other books. They are some of my favorites.

LMcShaneCLE Mar 07, 2014

Very odd - but may be helpful for parents w/ kids who are anxious to attend school by themselves.


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