Reviews for Alligator Wedding

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2010 Fall
"Up and down the bayou / you could hear the sound / of those rowdy reptiles / pounding the ground." Recalling "Froggy Went A-Courtin'," this toe-tapper takes readers to an alligator wedding, complete with cobweb bridal veil and crawfish bouquet. The plot's on the thin side, but the bayou-flavored story and illustrations are packed with humorous details. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Kirkus Reviews 2010 April #2
Jewell describes a rowdy alligator wedding in jaunty Edward Lear-esque rhyme. First there is the ceremony complete with a ring and a "big slurpy kiss, on the bride's long bumpy snout." Then, with the formalities over, the party begins in earnest. The bayou beasts feast and toast the happy couple, after which the bride feeds the groom half of the wedding cake, sliding it into his mouth with a rake. Then, of course, there is music and dancing. When the bride throws her crawfish bouquet too high, it is scooped up by a pelican. The newlyweds step into their honeymoon barge which sinks under their weight. Although the groom is distraught, the bride knows just what to do--swim, of course! The party goes on long after the couple's departure, with the animals finally collapsing at sunrise. This amusing-enough romp is made much more interesting by Rutland's winning illustrations, which flesh out the scenes and bring the bride, the groom and their many guests to life in all their quirky glory. (Picture book. 4-8) Copyright Kirkus 2010 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Reviews 2010 March

PreS-K--All the jollity one would expect from a tale about the marriage of two alligators rolls out in this festive picture book. Plot is minimal and Jewell's rhyming verse doesn't always scan smoothly, but all the accruements of a wedding--from ceremony and dinner to cake cutting, dancing, and tossing the bouquet--play out to a "frenzied bayou beat." Rutland makes good use of the occasion, adorning the wedding couple in tux and shimmering gown; fitting out the band in white shirt, black ties, and dark glasses; and presenting the guests swinging and swaying in the marshy setting. Background antics of the frogs, pelicans, turtles, spiders, and mice add bits of amusement. In one image, a mouse gasps in horror as the cake-filled fork that it clings to heads into the huge open mouth of the groom. This one is sure to perk up humor collections.--Barbara Elleman, Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, MA

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