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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Lexile Measure: 480L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books (February 20, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399256237
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399256233
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.3 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,202,501 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

K-Gr 3—When J. T. Boi rides his scooter into a pond, Alik the alligator mistakes the boy-who is wearing a muddy helmet and goggles-for an alien. Boi confuses the muddy Alik for a swamp monster. Each runs home to tell his sibling. The alligator's brother calms him with some tea, so Alik returns to the swamp to read his book. There, he finds something shiny: Boi's scooter. Meanwhile, the kid's older sister listens impassively to his story. Seeking proof of the swamp monster's existence, Boi returns to the pond with a camera and finds only a comic book. The two characters bump into each other and jubilantly discover their common interests. Watercolor and pencil illustrations in a cartoon style match the pair's preferred reading material. Although the page layout, with scattered text and images, can be cluttered, the simple, direct narrative will appeal to reluctant readers. While not essential for most libraries, this title may find an audience with visual learners, comic book fans, and children who enjoy absurd tales with colorful illustrations.—Julie R. Ranelli, Queen Anne's County Free Library, Stevensville, MD

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Boi is your typical overimaginative kid. Costumed in goggles, scarf, and gloves, he heads off on his scooter (outfitted, or so he says, with verometric outerhull stabilizers) to discover lands unknown. And he does, sort of, when he crash-lands into the local swamp and comes face-to-snout with a crocodile—or, as he sees it, a swamp monster. While Boi runs off worried about an attack, the croc runs home and is just as freaked out about that space alien he has met. Both are assured by family that it was all in their imaginations—until the two meet again. For such a simple story, it’s fairly busy, with side characters, odd bits of business, flights of fancy, and mild authorial intrusions (Uh-oh . . .). This lands somewhere between madcap and cozy, not always comfortably, though the strong central concept wins out. Van Wright’s watercolors are heavy on the water, lending an unexpected, soothing subtlety to the palette. A bit schizophrenic, but there’s certainly something fun here for everyone. Preschool-Grade 2. --Daniel Kraus

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