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See You Later, Alligator! Hardcover – October 31, 1995


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 4 years
  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books; 1st ed edition (October 31, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152003010
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152003012
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 7.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #896,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

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

Customer Reviews

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Recommend buy and give to young parents to be.
Jessie Sie-Tho
Fun, rhyming words... bright, busy pictures... fun little things to find on every page, and just the right amount of silliness!
Mandy
My 2 boys loved this book as children and now I am buying it as gifts for the next generation of little ones!
Peter & Trisha

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mandy on February 16, 2010
Format: Hardcover
My 23 month old nanny charge is OBSESSED with this book... OBSESSED. Again, again, again, again, again... I have to cut him off!! He also NEVER forgets to point out the little 'pink di'saur' on every page. :) And just today (after countless readings) I picked up on the little dinosaur subplot- the pink dinosaur is left at school by Ali the Alligator the day before the story begins and her teacher puts it in her cubby for her to take home the next day... though the dinosaur is then played with all day long and almost forgotten again, if you look closely at the last page you see it safe in Ali's hand as she's driving home! :) All this just from pictures... GREAT! So clever!!

The little guy has even memorized which reptile is which at this point (including which is the frog and which is the toad), and when I read the little 'dialogue' questions handwritten on the illustrations, I wait for him to say the answer and he LOVES it... I'll say "Can I sit here?" and he'll say "Okeydokey artichokey!" and crack up laughing. :) I love it. He is a big reader, but picky about which books he reads over and over and over, and this one apparently has it all! Fun, rhyming words... bright, busy pictures... fun little things to find on every page, and just the right amount of silliness! Highly recommended for toddlers and preschoolers!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 1, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is loved by my 17 month old. I'm not sure if she loves the bold colorful pictures or the rhyming text, but she does love this book. I read this book at least 10 times a day (I don't really read it anymore, I know it by heart). I can't say enough good things about this book so I guess it's "Time to scoot, warty newt."
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By Patsy on September 11, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I ordered this book prior to sending my Grandson to preschool at age three.We read it two weeks before time to start preschool.He loved preschool and never shed a tear.I would reccommend.
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