Dennis Lee. Illustrated by Frank Newfeld.
Toronto, ON: Macmillan, 1987.
64pp., paper, $6.95.
ISBN 0-7715-9566-2. CIP.
and up / Ages 3 and up
Reviewed by Margaret Montgomery.
Volume 16 Number 2
Willoughby wallaby wee,
Since it was first published in 1974 and won the 1974 Book of the Year for Children award from the Association of Children's Librarians, Alligator Pie (written by Dennis Lee and illustrated by Frank Newfeld) has delighted parents and children, grandparents, aunts and uncles, not to mention teachers and teacher-librarians.
Now that it has been reissued in a sturdy paperback format with the same illustrations, cover and all, the poems and the book will be enjoyed all over again by a new set of children, their relatives, their teachers and their librarians. Buy copies for all your nieces and nephews, not to say for your library!! At this price, you can afford to give it to all the libraries and all the youngsters on your list.
Alligator book, alligator book
A book was sent to me
Willoughby wallaby woo,
But it's hard to find something new
Willoughby wallaby way,
And I don't know what to say
Willoughby wallaby wurse,
About this perennially popular, prize-winning book of young children's verse.
If you don't buy one, your goose you'll surely cook
Give it away for Christmas, give it away for birthdays,
But be sure to read this alligator book.
Margaret Montgomery, West Vernon Elementary School, Vernon, BC.