Oliver and His Alligator

Schmid, Paul

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Oliver and His Alligator
Nervous about the first day of school, Oliver brings an alligator to school for protection.

Publisher: New York : Disney Hyperion, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 1423174372
Branch Call Number: jE SCHMID 2013
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) :,col. ill. ;,25 cm


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Taking an alligator along to handle anything scary, Oliver attends his first day of school.

Nervous about the first day of school, Oliver brings an alligator to school for protection.

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Sep 23, 2014

On the way to his first day of school, shy Oliver stops by a swamp and recruits an alligator pal to bolster his wavering courage. At school, when the teacher asks Oliver his name, Oliver panics and whispers "munch, munch!" The teacher disappears -- and the alligator is fatter. The same process occurs each time Oliver meets something scary (like loud kids or new things to learn) until Oliver is all alone. Except…are those happy voices coming from inside the alligator? Rendered in muted pastels, Oliver's alligator is more endearing than frightening. Timid new students who relate to this fanciful tale of social anxiety may also appreciate the sequel, Oliver and His Egg.

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Sep 15, 2014
  • ABCdriver98023 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A wonderful, humorous book to help children face their fears of the first day of school.

Sep 08, 2014
  • KCLS Miss Monica rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Ever think your brave isn't big enough? That's how Oliver feels so he stops by the swamp and picks up an alligator, munch, munch! A fun starting school story or "Fat Cat" story time. Great for the preschool-K crowd and even is good for a chuckle from the parents.

Also check out Paul Schmid's other books. They are some of my favorites.

Mar 07, 2014
  • lmcshane rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very odd - but may be helpful for parents w/ kids who are anxious to attend school by themselves.


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