TITLE: A Girl and Her Gator
AUTHOR: Sean Bryan
ILLUSTRATOR: Tom Murphy
PUBLISHED BY: Arcade Publishing, 2006
A Girl and Her Gator is the second of three hilarious books written and illustrated by Sean Bryan and Tom Murphy. This rhyme-time story is about a child and their animal companion, in this case the blond ballerina Clare, who wakes up with a gator (Pierre) on her head. She's not sure how she can spend her day with the gator--"What can you do with a gator up there?"--but soon she discovers that not only does the Gator serve as a fun companion for her days adventures, but he is also very practical AND stylish.
This is a perfect book to read aloud; silly rhymes match the cartoonish (in the good sense) illustrations and the limited color palette (lime green and pink). As the Center for Children's Books says, it is "entertainingly loopy with its off-the-wall situation and imaginative pell-mell rhyme...Planes of apple green and sugar pink dominate the illustrations, while sturdy yet light-hearted linework creates matter-of-factly fantastical scenarios."
It is also perfect for the many babies I know growing up in Florida. When you see more gators than dogs in a walk around your neighborhood, its fun to incorporate them into your life. (But don't buy it Cate...I've already got a copy for Lucy!) A Bear and His Boy and A Boy and His Bunnyare equally funny, silly, grand, but this one is definitely my favorite.