Alligator Pie

Alligator Pie

by Dennis Lee


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“You can almost hear the skipping rope slapping the sidewalk,” wrote Margaret Laurence of Dennis Lee’s timeless poetry collection Alligator Pie. One of the first illustrated books published about Canadian children and featuring Canadian place names, Alligator Pie established Dennis Lee’s reputation as “Canada’s Father Goose” and has sold more than half a million copies since its publication in 1974.

This classic edition, featuring Frank Newfeld’s instantly recognizable original illustrations and book design, includes childhood favorites such as “Willoughby Wallaby Woo,” “Wiggle to the Laundromat,” and “Skyscraper.” 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062313461
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/06/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 678,598
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

DENNIS LEE is Toronto’s first Poet Laureate, an Officer of the Order of Canada and the author of timeless children’s collections such as Alligator Pie, Garbage Delight, Jelly Belly, Bubblegum Delicious and The Ice Cream Store. He has received many honours, including the Vicky Metcalf Award for Children’s Literature, for his body of work, and is also an acclaimed poet for adults. His poetry is anthologized and read around the world.

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Alligator Pie 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
janetvisser on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First published in 1974, and now re-released in a hardcover collector's edition more than 30 years later, "Alligator Pie" endures as good, silly fun for kids. There is a range of material in this book, from short nursery rhymes for young children, to longer poems for the older ones. Many make reference to Canadian cities and places, as well as historical figures like William Lyon Mackenzie King, and cultural icons such as the RCMP. All are silly, entertaining, and fun to read.The illustrations by award winning artist Frank Neufeld are beautiful. Full of detail, they are as much fun to look at as the poems are to read. Dennis Lee won the 1974 Book of the Year for Children award from the Association of Children's Librarians for this work, and in 2001 became Toronto's first Poet Laureate. He has authored more than 20 books of poetry, 10 of them for children.
Naisy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My husband has had this book since he was a child. We found it a couple of years ago and read the poems to our kids quite regularly. They love all the silly lyrics, but especially Alligator Pie, In Kamloops (we live near Kamloops), Willoughby Wallaby Woo, and The Hockey Game.
blue8444 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm American, so I wasn't familiar with this Canadian classic previously. But it is great. The poems are interesting and funny, and my son and daughter enjoyed hearing them even when they were only a few months old. And they are interesting enough it's not painful to read over and over as a grown up.
stornelli on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Funny monochromatic and colorful illustrations to accompany poetry with short verses and rhymes, entertaining for young children. Great for a lively storytime session to make kids laugh.
tripleblessings on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A Canadian classic, with poems for children to skip to, bounce to, invent new verses to... Some longer stories of every-day childhood with a humourous twist. Many are easy to learn off by heart, and many are parodies of traditional Mother Goose rhymes or A.A. Milne poems, updated and made relevant for modern city kids. Some Canadian place names and other references. A favourite from my childhood, now much loved by our own children.
HenryD16 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Alligator Pie won the Book of the Year award from the Canadian Library Association in 1975.Nonsensical rhyming fun for kids, the poetry of Alligator pie does not worry about imparting a lesson or moral, its only focus is on entertainment. Silly poems that are as much fun to say as they are to hear abound within this quirky collection of bizarre and funny tales. Truly Alligator pie has stood the test of time and its poems are as much fun for the kids of today as they were for us as the children of yesteryear.
Kmr10 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a very funny poetry book that children love. The poem is about a person that loves Alligator Pie. Its a short read but has lots of ryhming and also is an easy read. The teacher can use this book in a poetry unit or just for a fun quick read. the students could color a picture from a line in the book or simply draw and color a alligator. the students could also make up there own funny poem.
acheekymonkey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved this a child, but it's trippy artwork is somewhat dated and my own (American) kids don't understand the Canadian references. Has great nostaglia value however.