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Lee, whose later books for children include Jelly Belly, The Ice Cream Store, and Bubblegum Delicious, has always been drawn to traditional verse forms in his children's poetry. Alligator Pie begins with familiar-sounding tongue twisters and bouncing rhymes for the very young, such as the whimsical "Willoughby Wallaby Woo" and rhythmic "Singa Songa." The longer and more complex poems for older children that conclude the volume, such as "Psychapoo" and "The Hockey Game," are reminiscent of the poetry of Edward Lear and A.A. Milne.
The lasting appeal of these 37 poems, however, lies in Lee's ability to transform the debris of modern everyday life--Coke machines and climbing bars--into a joyful celebration of childhood. For Canadian children, the plethora of place names, from Aklavik to Winnipeg, also instills a delightful sense of belonging. Although marred slightly by Frank Newfeld's dated and lacklustre illustrations, Alligator Pie is a classic in the field of children's poetry. (Ages 4 to 8) --Lisa Alward
Classic book! My kids love it as much as I did. I like that this is an updated illustration for the new generation.Published 1 month ago by Dee
Excellent beginner poetry book for young children! This was a gift for a young cousin learning to read and she LOVES it!Published 10 months ago by Monica Holick
Everything was as advertised. Can't really say anything more than that. It's a great addition to my son's library. :)Published 13 months ago by blushone
It's A favorite here in our house, great illustrations.
I have my original but this was for my sons first birthday.