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Alligator Boy    by Cynthia Rylant & Diane Goode order for
Alligator Boy
by Cynthia Rylant
Order:  USA  Can
Harcourt, 2007 (2007)
* *   Reviewed by Hilary Daninhirsch

After a visit to the museum where he encounters a stuffed alligator, a little boy decides he would rather not be a boy any more. His aunt sends him an alligator costume, and after he puts it on, he is transformed - he IS an alligator. The little alligator still does all of the things that the boy did, such as attend school, but when he is sick he needs to see a veterinarian rather than a doctor.

Being an alligator boy helps him deal with the school bully, and he feels a special kinship with the alligator on display at the museum. The words are fun to read aloud:

'Once the green lizard got past the school bully,
He found he enjoyed the student life fully.
He spelled and he sang from his very long snout.
He cleaned the erasers, he dusted them out.

With whimsical drawings and a soothing rhythmic text, this book will appeal to any child who has ever pretended he was someone else.

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