Listening to the six-and-a-half stories about Amanda and her stuffed pet will make young listeners perk up their ears. Alligator is despondent when Amanda is out with her grandfather or at the library, dejected when he learns his true “value,” and incensed when Amanda arrives home with a new stuffed friend. Yet, as only youngsters can, Amanda and her alligator solve their differences simply and satisfyingly. The Willems family jump into their narrator roles with relish and understanding. Narrator Cher elongates phrases or lowers her voice to add emphasis. Trixie sounds just like a kid conversing spiritedly with her stuffed animal. Alligator oozes personality, thanks to Mo’s gruff, friendly, and expressive voice. Mo Willems shares his inspirations for this book in a concluding interview. A.R. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine [Published: FEBRUARY 2014]
Book & Recording Weston Woods Studios 2013
CD ISBN 978-0-545-57038-1 $12.95 One CDs
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