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Alligator Pie [Hardcover]

Dennis Lee , Frank Newfeld
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May 1 2001

Alligator pie, alligator pie,
If I don`t get some I think I`m gonna die.

For over 25 years Dennis Lee has enthralled young readers with memorable and delightfully clever rhymes and sing-song rhythms. First published in 1974, Alligator Pie has been loved by children from Napanee to Kamloops. Now, a new generation of children can enjoy this classic of Canadian children`s literature in hardcover with the original illustrations by Frank Newfeld.

All the favourites you remember from your own childhood are recaptured in this collector`s edition:
“Wiggle to the Laundromat,“ “Bump on Your Thumb,“ “Peter Rabbit,“ “Psychapoo,“ “Billy Batter” and all the wonderful poems you treasured as a child are here for your child to love, too. (2001)

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Before Dennis Lee published Alligator Pie in 1974, the only poetry most Canadian children knew by heart was Mother Goose. Reading to his own daughters, the Governor General's Award-winning poet had noticed that the "jolly millers, little pigs and queens" of the old rhymes were no longer "home grown" and recognizable. So he started experimenting with a new kind of nursery rhyme, "not abolishing Mother Goose, but letting her take up residence among hockey sticks and high-rises." Alligator Pie was an immediate hit, and generations since have grown up chanting Lee's toe-tapping nonsense about laundromats, skyscrapers, rattlesnakes, and windshield wipers.

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


“Here is the book that put Canadian children’s literature on the map” -- Literary Review of Canada

“Lee's poetry delights in musical rhythms and easy rhymes that even the youngest book-lovers will enjoy. These are sure to be a popular offering.” -- Winnipeg Free Press

“With this series, Lee has barely begun to open his treasure chest of baby- and toddler-worthy rhymes: here’s hoping for more.” -- Quill & Quire

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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book! Feb. 8 2009
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This book is great, full of poems that make kids laugh time and time again. I bought it for my 5 year old nephew because it was one of my favorites as a kid. He LOVES it. Just loves it!
The quality of the book was outstanding, like it's never been touched before.
Buy this book if you don't already own it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Alligator Pie March 14 2013
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How could I not love this fabulous book ! ! Bought it for a
lovely 4 year old - she laughs each time her parents read
it to her.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Poetry for Canadian Kids Oct. 6 2005
These classic verses from Dennis Lee are absolutely necessary for every teacher's bookshelf! The poems roll off of your tongue, then keep bouncing around the room. Topics covered in rhyme include food kids hate, that special person at the day-care and skipping over sidewalk cracks. Dennis Lee is the Canadian Shel Silverstein. His work is both critically acclaimed and nationally beloved. This book deserves to be a prized export. In short, Alligator Pie is delicious!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Childhood Favourite! Dec 9 2004
By sudwel
This was actually my sister's book when we were growing up - but I remember absolutely loving it back then. Now that I have a son, I bought it to read with him. Although he is only 2, he loves the rhythm of the poems and the wacky pictures. His favourite is "Windshield Wipers". A fabulous book for parents to share with their children!
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5.0 out of 5 stars family favourite Sept. 29 2010
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Aaah, a classic. This version has great illustrations, and so nice to have in a board book. Nice size for little hands. My four grown children can still chant this fun verse. It made all our lists of books the newest member of the family must have, but I won the right to give it to Grandkid #1.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For aspiring poets and silly young children May 19 2014
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Excellent beginner poetry book for young children! This was a gift for a young cousin learning to read and she LOVES it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good ol' classic. Feb. 11 2014
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Everything was as advertised. Can't really say anything more than that. It's a great addition to my son's library. :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Kids Book Dec 1 2013
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It's A favorite here in our house, great illustrations.
I have my original but this was for my sons first birthday.
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