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Library : Book Reviews > Alligator Baby

Alligator Baby
By Robert Munsch

Review by: Yvonne Gaudet

     When mom wakes up in the middle of the night, with obvious labor pains, she knows all too well that it is time for her baby to come. However, when they get lost during the trip to the hospital, and with the new babyís imminent arrival, they find themselves having the baby at the zoo! All goes well, or so it seems, until they return home to the waiting big sister, Kristen. Much to her surprise, her new baby brother looks more like an alligator then a brother. Mom and dad realize the error they have made, immediately put the alligator into the aquarium, and quickly return to the zoo in search of their son. Again, when they arrive home with their newborn, Kristen does not find a human baby, instead she finds a baby seal in the place of her brother. The story continues in this matter until Kristenís house begins to look like the zoo! Determined to lay claim to her baby brother, Kristen takes a trip to the zoo on her bicycle. After investigating for quite some time, Kristen hears the distinct cry of a human baby coming from near the gorillaís cage. There, in the cradled arms of the mommy gorilla, Kristen finally sees her new sibling!
     How will Kristen get her baby back? What will her family do with the animals residing in their house? These questions and more are answered in this hilarious story written by Robert Munsch. Illustrated by Michael Martchenko in watercolor, this book is sure to be a crowd pleaser for all ages. Focusing on preschool children, I recommend this story for ages 2-8, with its simple words and funny antics that even early readers will enjoy thoroughly. 

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