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There's an Alligator under My Bed Hardcover – March 30, 1987

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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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Lexile Measure: 490L (What's this?)
  • Series: There's A…
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dial Books; 1st edition (March 30, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803703740
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803703742
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.3 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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Such a great book. I was obsessed with this book when I was kid. I remember the trail of candy going down the stairs leading the alligator to the garage. So happy to have bought it again so I can share it with my little one. It's wonderful to be able to share the stories you loved as a child with your own child!
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I read the Mercer Mayer books to our children, now our grandchildren are enjoying them. Our 3 year old granddaughter loves this one in particular. These are classics and a must-have for your children's book collection. The story is a masterpiece showing how a child's imagination works.
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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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I bought this book for my yet to be born nephew. He's due next month. It'll be a while before he can appreciate the book, but I thought it was cute and, well, there is a kind of family joke that has to do with alligators so it's perfect.
But, it also tells a short story of a little boy who figures out a way to show his parents that what he has been telling them is true. Be careful which door you open, you might let the alligator loose.
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The story is simple: the little boy imagines an alligator lives under his bed, but mom & dad never see it, so he decides to take matters into his own hands and get the alligator out of his room. An imaginative and creative story that makes something potentially "scary" more lighthearted and funny.
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