Monday, April 11, 2011

BOOKLIST likes, PW loves HOORAY FOR AMANDA AND HER ALLIGATOR!



Booklist chimes in first with a nice, early review for next month's HOORAY FOR AMANDA AND HER ALLIGATOR!

They say:

"efficient jabs of absurdity (“Amanda was reading her library book You Can Make It Yourself: Jet Packs! when she noticed her alligator chewing on her head”) balance with wise lessons on the mechanics of friendship (Alligator, dismayed when Amanda comes home with a stuffed panda, learns that friendships work as well in trios as they do duos)" 

And remark:

"Willems may not have the market cornered on best friends, but few do them better."

Meanwhile, over at Publishers Weekly, Hooray for Amanda and her Alligator! gets a starred review, saying:


"Six and a half short stories make up this expertly paced page-turner... As in his Elephant and Piggie books, Willems ends on a generous note, showing how Alligator and Panda overcome their superficial differences and giggle together."

Thanks PW + Booklist!
I read the book recently to a crowd at the Eric Carle Museum and was gratified that they appeared to enjoy it. I hope you do too when it comes out next month!