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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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Great book for humorous poetry. I have used it to teach, I have used it to just read to children for them to enjoy. I have used a film based on this story as well. It's great and fun poetry, for children and adults both!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book Ever Feb. 14 2011
By kwen
This is one of the best children's books ever. I remember it from when I was a child and now that I have children I needed one. The poems are great and very catchy getting kids of all ages to join in. I highly recommend this book to anyone.
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Delivery as promised Nov. 27 2011
Delivery was about 3 weeks as originally indicated by the seller. The seller wrote right away that delivery would be longer than Amazon stated.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! Sept. 4 2011
By Lindsay
This book came WAY before the expected delivery date! It was in great condition and I am excited to read it for my university course!
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