From School Library Journal
PreS?Grinning reptilian parents take their offspring to River Bottom School for a day of happy play. The book's emphasis is on upbeat separations?no tears or quivering chins here. In addition to the standard, "See you later, alligator," the grown-ups say "In a blizzard, little lizard" and "In a shake, garter snake." The young animals play with a variety of toys until it is time for their parents to pick them up. Once again rhymed phrases take over, such as "Time to scoot, warty newt." These jingles and cavorting toads and salamanders are calculated to help youngsters forget their reluctance to leave their parents. Missing, though, is a look at stimulating nursery school days. The bare classroom contains little to convince readers that school will be fun. The book, with its stiff card pages and cartoonstyle illustrations, offers amusing alternatives to "hello" and "goodbye." That aside, children will be better prepared by Harlow Rockwell's My Nursery School (1984) or Janet Ahlberg's Starting School (1990, both Puffin).?Nancy Seiner, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
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Ages 2^-5. As a new school day begins, a little alligator bids his mother good-bye, saying, "See you later, alligator!" Continuing this use of silly sayings, the amphibian and reptile classmates converse, using both familiar and original chants, such as "No way, Jose" and "Okeydokey, Artichokey." Young children will "read" the action-packed, cartoonlike pictures that humorously depict this typical school day, as they delight in the fun-filled use of language. Although the story line is slight, the book will tickle the funny bones of young listeners. April Judge