64 pages, 10 × 7.6 × 0.5 in
June 3, 2011
Key Porter Books
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1552633381
ISBN - 13: 9781552633380
From the Publisher
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)
From the Jacket
Alligator Pie --
The Canadian Children's Classic
You savoured it as a child. You served it every night to your children. Now it's back! The tasty, delicious nonsense of Alligator Pie.
Dennis Lee's wonderfully playful rhymes, along with Frank Newfeld's memorable illustrations, have enchanted two generations of young readers.
What better way could there be to discover the magic of books?
About the Author
DENNIS LEE is the beloved author of many poetry collections for children and adults alike. His books include Alligator Pie, Garbage Delight, Jelly Belly, Bubblegum Delicious, and So Cool. He lives with his wife in Toronto, where he was recently the city's first poet laureate.
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Ice-cream parlour colours and pseudo-psychedelic illustrations enliven these rhymes and give them the mid-70s flavour that will bring parents back in time to when they themselves first heard the refrain:
Alligator pie, alligator pie
If I don't get some, I think I'm gonna die
Give away the green grass, give away the sky,
But don't give away my alligator pie.
Poems made entirely of Canadian place names, poems about hockey, poems about reverse psychology, and poems whose moral is one of the most revered and smelly puns ever -- "Hare today, goon tomorrow" -- are all in this eclectic collection of verse that retains its appeal more than 25 years after its intial publication. Thumping good rhythms, ridiculous rhymes, silly names, and laugh-out-loud tongue twisters, like the "The Sitter and the Butter and Better Batter Fritter" make this a true treasury of Canadian children's poetry. Ages 4 and up.
Placed #66 on the list of the 100 Most Important Canadian Books in the Literary Review of Canada, March 2006 issue:
"Here is the book that put Canadian children's literature on the map. No wonder adults who grew up on this book love to read it to their own children."
- Literary Review of Canada
"Dennis Lee's rollicking classic children's poem is one of four Alligator Tales in this new series, repackaged for toddlers by Key Porter. One poem (mostly) to a book on tough, glossy, easy-to-clean cardboard stock, with charming new illustrations from award-winning Argentine illustrator Nora Hilb."
-The Globe & Mail
"Collectively called Alligator Tales, these are designed specifically for infants and toddlers with clever, colourful artwork by one of Argentina's top illustrators, Nora Hilb. 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
"A new series of four comfortably small board books from Key Porter Kids features short selections from Lee's classics, bringing those infectious, giggly rhymes to the very smallest poetry fans… Nora Hilb…has matched Lee's text with a tender hand… With this series, Lee has barely begun to open his treasure chest of baby- and toddler-worthy rhymes: here's hoping for more."