Trosclair and the Alligator

by Peter Huggins and Lindsey Gardiner

Trosclair loves the Louisiana swamp so much that he ignores his father’s warnings... read more

Trosclair loves the Louisiana swamp so much that he ignores his father’s warnings about Gargantua, the rogue alligator that lives there. “ 'That alligator eat you and Ollie so fast,’ Père said, 'he won’t even stop to burp.’ ” With his dog Ollie, Trosclair paddles his pirogue through the swamp, spending a day hunting for turtle eggs, finding a beehive, and climbing trees. It’s while Trosclair and Ollie are perched high in a tree that Gargantua shows up. The alligator offers to let Trosclair escape if the boy agrees to toss Ollie down instead. But when he spots a beehive hanging nearby, clever Trosclair outsmarts the alligator at his own game. Lively French Louisiana dialect lends a distinctive voice to this satisfying tale, while the mixed-media illustrations provide a deliciously swampy backdrop. (Ages 4–7)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2007

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