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May 12, 2015

Book Trailer Debut --- IF YOU EVER WANT TO BRING AN ALLIGATOR TO SCHOOL, DON’T! by Elise Parsley


Below, picture book author and illustrator Elise Parsley gives some great advice on what to bring (and not to bring) for your class's next show-and-tell...AND debuts the trailer for her  picture book IF YOU EVER WANT TO BRING AN ALLIGATOR TO SCHOOL, DON'T!, out July 7th! 


When you have a great idea for something you’d like to try out, what do you do next? Do you go to the library to research it? Do you ask your mom or dad what they think? Do you type it into Google to see if someone else had the same idea? Or do you just try out that ol’ idea so you can know, once and for all, what will happen if you do it?

For example, if your teacher says to bring something from nature for show-and-tell, your idea might be to bring some lovely pressed leaves or extra smooth skipping stones. If this is your idea, then you’re probably the ask-Mom-or-Dad type of person, and the rest of this post doesn’t apply to you.

If your idea is to bring pine cones, you should try to think of something else because there will definitely be other kids who are bringing pine cones. (You don’t even have to ask Google about that one.) But if your idea is to bring an enormous alligator, then you need to listen up.

Don’t do it. Just DON’T.

For those of you who are the go-to-the-library-and-research kind of people, you’re in luck. There is actually now a book that explores the options for bringing bits of nature --- particularly alligators --- to show-and-tell. You’ll be happy to know that bringing an alligator to school has been thoroughly kid-tested (and unapproved) --- and the results are shown here for you, disasters and all!


About the Author: Elise Parsley lives in Minnesota with her husband. IF YOU EVER WANT TO BRING AN ALLIGATOR TO SCHOOL, DON'T! is her debut picture book.

About the Book: This unforgettable introduction to a charismatic kid heroine also marks the dazzling debut of an extraordinary new artistic talent! Note to self: If your teacher tells you to bring something from nature for show-and-tell, she does not want you to bring an alligator! But nothing will stop Magnolia, who's determined to have the best show-and-tell of all --- until her reptilian rapscallion starts getting her into some major trouble. Now it's up to Magnolia to find a way to send this troublemaker home --- but what could possibly scare an alligator away?