We are big fans of Jarvis’s (apparently also known as Lazy Dave) bold and brilliant illustrations and cheeky humor!
“Deep in the jungle lurks Alan the alligator, descended from a long line of very scary alligators. He prepares carefully — polishing his scales, brushing each of his big, scary teeth, and practicing his frightening faces — then sneaks into the jungle to terrorize the jungle critters. (“I’m big, scary Alan! Fear my razor-sharp teeth!”) But after a long day of scaring, Alan likes nothing better than to enjoy the crossword, run a warm mud bath, and take out his teeth, which nobody else knows arefalse. Until one morning, when Alan wakes up and finds that his teeth are gone! Without those teeth, he’s just not very scary, and scaring is the only thing he knows how to do. Or is it? Witty, charming, and playful storytelling will have preschoolers cheering for Alan as he discovers a new way to fit in.”
A hilarious, cautionary tale with a wonderful conclusion on kindness, this imaginative story will have kids in stitches.
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Themes: judging a book by its cover, kindness, acceptance
About the Author
Jarvis is an illustrator and animator who has worked as both a record jacket designer and an animation director. This is the first picture book he has both written and illustrated. He lives in Manchester, England.