The Underground Gators


Legend has it that alligators live in the sewers of New York City. Is that really true? This book answers such questions like why pizzas are round and what happens to missing socks. Fun illustrations make this fictional book fun to read. The last pages tell the true facts about all the things they do find in the sewers of big cities.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

A fun story and great pictures will have the kids (and you) believing there are alligators in the sewers!

Content Awareness Factors:

No older child will believe the story and will probably not finish reading it. Younger children can better imagine it actually happening.

Little Kid Reaction

My daughter picked out this book at the library because the title interested her. She said she had never thought about an alligator living in the sewers, and she liked the idea that in big cities animals might live there. She enjoyed seeing all the funny things the alligators did. She laughed at the idea of alligators ordering pizza and having it delivered to the manholes in the road. She thought that was a very good reason for the man holes and pizzas to be round!

Parent Reaction

This is a fun and imaginative story. I was surprised she liked it; I expected her to say that it wasn't believable. The story is written in a way that made it fun and interesting and made her think about the possibility instead of just saying "it could never happen."

Type of Book:
This picture book answers (creatively) some of kids' perennial questions.
Educational Themes:

This is largely a book just to be shared and laugh together. It is a great example of using your imagination. You can also talk about what legends are. Ask the kids if they can think of stories like this that they've heard (e.g., moon made of cheese).

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
8 to 10
Recommended Age To Read Together:
4 to 8
Age of child:
Read with a 5-year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. This is a fun book you're likely to share lots of times. Kids will remember this every time they hear the legend of alligators in the sewers. It is a perfect selection for school and public libraries.

Title The Underground Gators
Author Tina Casey
Publisher Dutton Children's Books, Imprint Penguin Young Readers Group © 2009
Illustrators Lynn Munsinger
ISBN 9780525472131
Material Hard Cover
Genres Fable | Folklore, Humor
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