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Joshua and Bigtooth Library Binding – May 1, 1992


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Library Binding: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Little Brown & Co (Juv); 1st edition (May 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316140112
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316140119
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 8.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,916,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2 --Another twist on an old theme: child adopts wild pet; pet is unsuitable for domestication; pet returns to the wild. In this case, Joshua finds Bigtooth, a baby alligator with a sweet smile, in a ``magical'' pond. The little gator's antics enchant the family, but startle the locals. Eventually, Bigtooth grows to be enormous and must be returned to the river--but not before the neighbors gather for an Alabama-style fish fry, complete with dancing alligators. The garish colors are unappealing; long-nosed Joshua and this toothy friend are equally unattractive. An exaggerated tall-tale at best, with an implausible plot and a crude, comic-book look to the illustrations. --Gail C. Ross, Baltimore County Public Library
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews

A lighthearted fantasy rather like an updated The Biggest Bear. In the beginning, Bigtooth is a ``tiny, shiny, green baby...[with] the sweetest little alligator smile''; Joshua catches him while fishing. Parents and neighbors predict the inevitable, and, sure enough, Bigtooth gets huge. Joshua tries to hide him in the boathouse, but he comes out when Joshua's parents throw a party--a fish fry--to honor the full moon. Consternation ensues when he's joined by a crowd of other huge gators from the river, but it turns out they just want to join in the dancing, after which they all depart--Bigtooth, too. This will never replace Lynd Ward's masterpiece, but it's smoothly told and has nice touches of humor, while the brash, cartoon-style illustrations are full of color and verve. (Picture book. 4-8) -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

More About the Author

Mark Childress is the author of seven novels: GEORGIA BOTTOMS (Little, Brown, 2011), ONE MISSISSIPPI, GONE FOR GOOD, CRAZY IN ALABAMA, TENDER, V FOR VICTOR, and A WORLD MADE OF FIRE.

Born in Monroeville, Alabama - the same town Harper Lee wrote about in TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD - Childress is one of three sons of Roy and Mary Helen Childress. Roy was a salesman for Ralston Purina, so the family moved a lot growing up: Ohio, Indiana, Mississippi, and Louisiana were some of the stops along the way.

Childress attended Clinton (Miss.) High School and the University of Alabama, where he studied fiction writing under Barry Hannah and Kitty Johnson. He worked as a staff writer for the Birmingham (Ala.) News, and was Features Editor of Southern Living magazine and National Editor of The Atlanta Journal and Constitution before becoming a full-time novelist.

His articles and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Times of London, San Francisco Chronicle, Saturday Review, Chicago Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer, Travel and Leisure, and other national and international publications.

"Tender," a Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club selection, was named to several Ten Best of 1990 lists, and appeared on many national bestseller lists. "Crazy in Alabama," a featured selection of the Literary Guild, has been published in eleven languages and appeared on many bestseller lists and Ten Best of 1993 lists. "Crazy" was named The (London) Spectator's "Book of the Year" for 1993 and a New York Times "Notable Book of the Year," and was on the Spiegel bestseller list in Germany for 10 months.

"One Mississippi" was a BookSense Notable Book of the Year, nominated for SIBA Book of the Year,and appeared on the "hot summer book" lists of Good Morning America, People, Entertainment Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, O: the Oprah Magazine, and the New York Public Library. The paperback edition is now in its seventh printing.

"Georgia Bottoms" was a New York Times bestseller and appeared on a variety of "hot" lists.

Childress has also written three picture books for children, "Joshua and Bigtooth," in 1992, "Joshua and the Big Bad Blue Crabs," 1996 (both from Little, Brown), and "Henry Bobbity Is Missing And It Is All Billy Bobbity's Fault," (Crane Hill Publishers, 1996).

He wrote the screenplay of the Columbia Pictures film "Crazy in Alabama," directed by Antonio Banderas, and starring Melanie Griffith, an official selection of the Venice and San Sebastian film festivals in 1999.

Childress is now working on his eighth novel and a film project. He lives in Key West, Florida.

(Author photo by Brett Hall)

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