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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 2 months ago by Dee
Excellent book! Received this as a gift and read it to my daughter- I laughed and laughed as I read it and she did too! It's fun and silly!! Perfect for children!Published 6 months ago by Jennifer
Excellent beginner poetry book for young children! This was a gift for a young cousin learning to read and she LOVES it!Published 12 months ago by Monica Holick