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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
My sons had this book when they were small; I've ordered this for my 4 yr. old grandson - silly rhymes help with listening and vocabulary. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lynne Logan
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 2 months ago by Jennifer
This has introduced my Granddaughters to this performance which they will see live, performed by the Calgary Philharmonic as part of their 2014-2015 Sunday for Kids series.Published 6 months ago by DOUGLAS WHITNACK
It's A favorite here in our house, great illustrations.
I have my original but this was for my sons first birthday.
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. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Second Feather
I read this book to childen of all ages and used it to stimulate creative thinking with my classes. The children loved it and wanted to find other books to read,also.Published 20 months ago by Franny