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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 8 years
  • Lexile Measure: 490L (What's this?)
  • Series: There's A…
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dial; 1st edition (March 30, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803703740
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803703742
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2 In one or two lines of text per page and large, boldly colored illustrations, Mercer tells the tale of a little boy who is sure that there is an alligator under his bed. Getting no sympathy from his parents who ``never saw it,'' he forms a plan of attack. He leaves a trail of food from his bed through the house to the garage door. He then follows behind as the alligator gobbles up the goodies, fresh vegetables, fruit, and even ``the last piece of pie,'' making its way to the garage. The boy then locks the door. The last page shows the note he leaves for his father, telling him that there's an alligator in the garage and to wake him up ``if you need help.'' Children will relate to this young hero's triumph over normal childhood fears, and they'll love his clever solution to his problem. The book gleams with crisp full-color watercolor illustrations, and the alligator has just the right touch of scariness. The little boy is obviously a child of the 1980s, with his hot wheels tricycle and robot transformer type toys, but the story is timeless. Sure to become as popular as Mayer's There's a Nightmare in My Closet (Dial, 1968) and bound to be a storyhour staple.Patricia Homer, Lowville Acad . , N.Y.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Mercer Mayer is the award-winning author and illustrator of over 300 books for children. He lives in Roxbury, Connecticut.

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MERCER MAYER began writing and illustrating children's books in 1966, and since that time, he has published over 300 titles. Open almost any of the award-winning author/illustrator's books, and out may pop dragons, cuddly monsters, wonderful creatures, and endearing critters.

"Most of my books are about things that happened to me when I was a little kid," says Mercer. "Now that I'm a big kid, I write about things that happen now, especially with my own children. They always help remind me of what it was like."

Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, Mercer Mayer spent his childhood hunting lizards and snakes in the swamps near his home. During his teenage years, he attended the Honolulu Academy of Arts. He later received additional training at the Art Students League in New York City. Upon completion of his studies, he set out with pen and ink to write and illustrate a collection of children's books, reflecting many of the adventures he experienced as a child.

In 2007, Mr. Mayer was commissioned by Laura Bush to create the artwork used for the National Book Festival held on September 29 on the National Mall. He was an honored guest to the event, giving a demonstration and autographing hundreds of books for fans who attended.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 29, 1999
Format: Hardcover
In this Mercer Mayer classic, children are enthralled to find a little boy who insists that there is an alligator living under his bed. My kindergarten students love the child's antics as he tries to catch the alligator. When I teach facts about alligators, I use this book to help the children understand the difference between facts and fantasy. Also, by listing the foods that the child uses for alligator bait in the story, children can make a nice salad. This book gets imagination running and enthusiasm in high gear!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 29, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book is about a boy who has an alligator under his bed and he is the only one who sees it. His parents don't believe him so he has to get it out for himself. So he goes down to the kitchen and gets some Alligator bait and makes a trail from his bed to the Garage and waits for the alligator to come out. He follows him down the stairs and to the garage. When the alligator gets to the garage he hurries up and shuts the door and goes back to bed. But then he realizes what if his dad can't get the car out of the garage because the alligator is in the way. So he leaves his dad a little note telling him that there is an alligator in the garage and if he needs help getting it out to call him.
I like this book because it is cute and funny. I used to love to read this book when I was a little kid in elementary school. I think a lot of kids did well at my school. I also liked this book because it is short and easy for little kids to read. I recommend this for little kids in elementary school.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By L. C. MCWILLIAMS on November 24, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I read to children weekly (...) and this book is always a hit. It will capture the full attention of children of all ages and spark their imagination as well. It is fun to read and so clearly makes a hero of the little boy that it always invokes a cheer from the crowd! This book is a must for your child's library, but remember to remind them that there won't be any alligator's under their bed (they will ask)!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 28, 1999
Format: Hardcover
My five year old son loves this book! It is a great way to help young kids conquer their fears of the dark. I also recommend There's a Nightmare in My Closet and There's Something in the Attic by Mercer Mayer.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 22, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is wonderful. I read it to my 2 1/2 year old daughter and she loves it. The language is simple enough for little ones to follow yet exciting enough to catch their interest. The format of this book makes it easy to remember what comes next. I can recite the whole book from heart! This is truly a must have book for young readers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Caputa's First Grade Class on February 7, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Do you want to know what the best children's books is? Keep reading! We think the best book is There's an Alligator Under My Bed. One reason is because the writer had the problem already started in the book, so the action started right away! Another reason why we love this book is because the main character fixed his problem in a really smart way! Our wish for this book is that they would say the character's name so we could get to know him like a friend. Now you know why this is a great book! We hope you go pick one up!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Annie Wang on February 3, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I love reading this book to my kids. It makes them ask questions. It's a great way to talk about things that are real and things in our imagination. Of course, with this book I don't have a "right" answer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Laura McKinley on September 16, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I read this book when I was a child. I am now in college and writing a paper on my favorite children's book. This is definitely it. I used to read the pages over and over again. I love the illustrations that bring the story to life. I also love There's Something in my Attic and There's a Monster in my Closet.
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