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Shiloh and the alligator – a new review

Alan’s Big, Scary Teeth

By Jarvis

Shiloh’s Rating: Four (shaking) paws

Bowser wowser, another great pick for the Summer Reading Challenge! See, Alan’s Big, Scary Teeth by Jarvis is about an alligator named Alan with – I bet you can guess – big scary teeth!

“Alan came from a long line of very scary alligators. He was known throughout the jungle for his scaring. It was what he did best.”

Now in my whole doggie life, I’ve never seen a real alligator, except for maybe on TV. But I can tell you, Alan is very scary! He goes “SNAP! SNAP!” and “GRRR! GRRR!” all throughout the jungle and makes all the frogs and monkeys and other animals jump with fright! I jumped too, because Alan is very good at his job of being a very, scary alligator.

But Alan has a secret: SPOILER ALERT: his teeth are fake! Have you ever tried plastic vampire teeth on Halloween? They’re kind of like that. Every night he takes them out, and in the morning he puts them back in, and nobody knows the difference. Until Barry the beaver finds his teeth, and suddenly Alan isn’t quite so scary! I won’t spoil the ending, but it’s a happy one. Turns out Alan is the best at a lot of things, besides scaring!

Overall, this was a pretty good read, even though there were no dogs, and Alan was pretty scary sometimes. I loved the fun, colorful illustrations -it reminded me of crayon art, and maybe you could try at home to see for yourself! I would try, but you know, the whole thumbs thing. Check out Alan’s Big, Scary Teeth and other great kids books by Jarvis at the Charles Town Library, and don’t forget to sign up to our Summer Reading Challenge!


Parents: Alan’s Big, Scary Teeth is not as scary as it sounds. Early readers will have plenty of fun reading or listening to the easy-to-read, expressive storytelling from Jarvis, and there’s a fun lesson about listening to your friends too. Jarvis has written a lot of other great books for kids, and you can find out more about him here: https://www.byjarvis.com/.

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