Friday, March 31, 2017

If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, DON'T! by Elise Parsley

If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, DON'T! by Elise Parsley was published in 2015, and while the story is fun and very cute, the pictures alone are worth the price of this book. Oh, my word, every once in a while an illustrator comes along who completely delights me, and Elise Parsley does just that. Even her name is cool.

Your older children will laugh with the words and all of you will love the illustrations. There is so much emotion and detail in these pictures. You could use the characters in her pictures to create all new stories. Even the end flaps tell a story.

The kids in this classroom have been asked to bring something from nature for show and tell and Magnolia, the protagonist, tells you that the teacher means a hollow stick, a nest, or some sparkly rocks. Magnolia of course brings her alligator and it proceeds to get her into all sorts of trouble.

I can hardly wait to share this one with all of the grandkids.

I looked for Elise Parsley on and found she is the author of two other books and has illustrated a fourth book by another writer. I'll be on the lookout for more of her books.

Yesterday was a good day for the NICU book project. My good friend and neighbor, Alysen, brought over five brand new board books for the babies. She is such a sweetheart and has so much going on in her life right now, but she still thought about the babies. I love board books for little hands.

Michelle, the one person in the world who probably has more books than I do, brought four books for my personal library, and she brought all these lovelies for the babies. I was pretty excited about the Spanish Caps for Sale. I love that book.

I appreciate each and every book that is donated to the babies. Your donations help us give the gift of words to more littles.

Read and laugh with a child today even if that child is you.