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When the Alligator Came to Play

Mara Bergman

10 Reviews

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For National Curriculum Early Years, Interest age: from c 3 years, Fiction, Picture storybooks

The deliciously scary story encourages children to follow their instincts and face up to fear. A follow-up to the bestselling Snip Snap! (now reissued as Here Comes the Alligator!).

When an alligator and her baby came creeping, creeping into the playground, were the people scared You bet they were! But as three brave children soon discover, the alligators aren't there to eat them after all!

A joy to read aloud with outstanding illustrations, this follow-up to the award-winning Snip Snap! (now reissued as Here Comes the Alligator!) will be relished by children and adults alike.

'The original story is a sure fire hit as a read aloud and fans will definitely want to try this sequel.' The Bookbag

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Praise for When the Alligator Came to Play

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  • Praise for Snip Snap!:

  • Fans will definitely want to try this sequel. - Bookbag

  • Fans will definitely want to try this sequel. - Bookbag

  • Nick Maland's clever perspectives make the alligator increasingly alarming as he swells to fill more and more of the page in this well-created story of facing down fear. - The Guardian

  • Nick Maland's clever perspectives make the alligator increasingly alarming as he swells to fill more and more of the page in this well-created story of facing down fear. - The Guardian

  • Using elements of rhythm and rhyme as well as an enjoyably predicable question-and-answer refrain the text maintains a playful tone beneath the scary details... Expressive line drawings, brightened with watercolour washes, illustrate the story with wit and style... good fun. - Booklist

  • Using elements of rhythm and rhyme as well as an enjoyably predicable question-and-answer refrain the text maintains a playful tone beneath the scary details... Expressive line drawings, brightened with watercolour washes, illustrate the story with wit and style... good fun. - Booklist

  • Jolly drawings and a playful rhyming scheme. Great fun. - Daily Telegraph

  • Jolly drawings and a playful rhyming scheme. Great fun. - Daily Telegraph

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Mara Bergman

Mara Bergman is an award-winning poet and children's writer. She grew up on Long Island, NY, and always knew she wanted to write. Her poetry has been published widely in magazines and anthologies in the UK and abroad. Her short collection, The Tailor's Three Sons and Other New York Poems, won the 2014 Mslexia Poetry Pamphlet Competition and was published in 2015 by Seren. Mara has always felt a strong link between poetry and picture books and began to write for children when her own were young. She has published more than twenty books, including Snip Snap! (reissued as Snip Snap Alligator!), illustrated by Nick Maland, which won the Stockport Children's Book Award and, in the US, a Parents' Choice Award and the Society of Illustrators' Silver medal. In 2009 she won the Booktrust Early Years Prize for Oliver Who Travelled Far and Wide, also illustrated by Nick Maland. Mara works in London as a children's fiction editor and lives in Kent. Visit her at www.marabergman.com