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There's an Alligator under My Bed

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  1,812 ratings  ·  110 reviews
The There's a Nightmare In My Closet, bringing back that story's imaginative young hero for an even funnier nighttime adventure. Full-color illustrations.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 30th 1987 by Dial
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So darn cute! I loved this story, the sweet and humorous illustrations, and the resourceful kid who solved the problem of that pesky alligator under his bed--all by himself! It's just darling.

Of course, I'm a grown-up and no alligator has lived under my bed for quite some time so this book did not scare me at all and I think it's a good one for helping to overcome scary nighttime imaginings :-) But, some children may be frightened by it, see this fine review for example:
Brittany Young
I honestly think I liked this book most for its insight into a child’s mind. Children’s minds truly work this way, they do these things and they believe that there is a monster of some kind under their bed. I liked however, that there was a surprise. There was an alligator under the child’s bed, at least according to him. As an adult aged reader, that was a surprise to me, but to a child reader I bet this was no surprise at all, of course the alligator came out to get food! Obviously, due to the...more
Jan 11, 2009 Dolly rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: 2009, childrens
I like Mercer Mayer's stories and this has a catchy title, so we checked it out at the library. I think it actually scared our 6 year old, but I was able to convince her that there are no alligators in Hawaii, so it wasn't overly traumatic. Not sure if this is the best story to read to younger children!
Caitlin W.
You can see the author/illustrator reading his book, with pans of the illustrations, here:

This is a twist on the monster-under-the-bed scenario-- a young boy is convinced that there is an alligator living under his bed, but when his parents look, the alligator hides somewhere so they don't believe him. He comes up with a plan to lure the alligator out from under his bed: he places a trail of various kinds of food from his room down to the garage, and when...more
Briana Nelson
This was one of my favorite books growing up. I really enjoy this book because it's very simple, and surrounds a common childhood fear of monsters under the bed. As an older, that was a surprise to me, but to a child this plot was no surprise at all, of course the alligator came out to get food! Obviously, due to the assignment this is a primary age appropriate read. The vocabulary is not particularly difficult, and there is only a small amount of text on each page. The illustrations reminded me...more
May 11, 2011 Eileen added it
Recommends it for: bad parents
Shelves: kids, fear-based
Yet another book aimed at instilling fear in children.
Sure, if you've already taught your kid how to be afraid of "monsters" in their room then I suppose this is a good book for them.

Unfortunately the book also tells your kids that it's ok to take all of the food out of the refrigerator and strew it along the floor, enticing the monster out of their room.

If you've made your kid THAT anxious, then probably this would be a good thing for your kid to read/do.
Shannon Stinnette
This is a book about a boy who thinks there is an alligator under his bed. No one is able to see the alligator but him. It is a good book to prompt discussions about being alone and being afraid of the dark. I think this a cute book to teach cause and effect as the main character "lures" the alligator by using food and candy from his room to the garage. I think children will find the illustrations entertaining. Classroom discussions can involve the applications of what the boy has done (lure the...more
This book is about a young boy who believes there’s an alligator living under his bed, and gets the alligator out from under his bed. No one else believes that there is an alligator under his bed.

I chose this book because I thought it was a fun book to have in the class. Some students may have this fear and this book shows them they can be braver that what they thought they were.
Questions- Is this real or make-believe?
What would you have done to get the alligator from under your bed?
the boy knew there was an alligator under his bed so when it was time for him to go to sleep he couldn't so he called his parents in his room and told them and they checked but there was nothing there. so he put a trail of things that alligators like and the alligator came out and followed the trail into the garage. and he lock him in there in was wondering about his dad getting in his car for work
There are books from your childhood that are indelibly burned into your imagination... and Mercer Mayer's There's an Alligator Under My Bed is one of those books for me. The story of a boy planning to lure out the alligator from under his bed is coupled with illustrations that I can recall with near perfect clarity. Perhaps it's because I never found the generic "monsters" genre to be all that scary, I appreciated Mayer's alligator substitution. In addition, Mayer provided a practical plan for a...more
Jan 13, 2009 Mary rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who has an alligator in their bedrooms
I should give this book a 5 for my grandchildren; it has been their most requested book at the turning 3 stage, though I certainly don't find it as enthralling as they obviously do. It bothers me some that they don't understand that there really ISN'T an alligator under the bed! They show me, "there he is!" but he seems like a fairly decent kind of guy and nothing bad happens, so I'm guessing they are using this book to approach the usual childhood fears of the dark and of what's under the bed....more
Another recommended summer book choice for kids and a solid option. This simply illustrated book is perfect for all creative problem solvers as well as any conflict avoiders and resolution deflectors in the world regardless of their age ... read up!
this is a good book for kids because it teaches them to overcome there fears. its also good because sometimes you might have to take actions into your own hands. like frfr sometimes you have to do things by yourself
Jordan Tankersley
This cute picture book is a story about an alligator who lives under a young boy’s bed. However in this story, the young boy is the only one who can see him. He tries to tell his parents but they don’t believe him. After his parents fall asleep, the boy “lures” the alligator out from under his bed with snacks and a trail of food that he think it may like all the way to the garage. As planned, the alligator eats the trail of food and ends up in the garage where the boy locks the door. Then the bo...more
Comfort Olajide
Oct 31, 2012 Comfort Olajide rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Comfort by: Class assignment

I read this book it is about a boy who has an imaginary alligator under his bed. He is the only one who can see the alligator his parent can not. Tbe book is colorful and well illustrated. The book is short and easy to follow.

Learning Experience: I will talk to the children about alligator and show them the picture of alligator.

Fear: I will discuss about how to conquer fear of the dark.

Food preparation: I will teach them how to prepare salad using the recipe listed in the book.

Extension: I will...more
Great story for anyone who is afraid of something under their bed at night.

Good for preschool storytimes.
Definitely a different ending from "Nightmare in My Closet." But still just as fun. I think a good story for preschool and school-age. A few fun details in the illustrations that can be pointed out if missed by the child, because they really help add to the story.

1/25/12 The children were enthralled with the pictures--especially when the alligator came out from under the bed. Good thing, too, since I was a little nervous by the slow beginning. The kids seemed to enjoy all the different foods he...more
Fantastic Book!
I enjoyed reading it to my son.
He loved it!
It is a story about a boy that believes that there is a alligator under his bed his mom and dad checks under the bed but they dont see it. So the boy put all kinds of food on the floor leading to the garage and the alligator eats it and follow the trail to the garage. I dont think the story helps with children who has nightmares or that thinks that there is a monster under their bed.. it will just show them that their worst fear is true...

Extension- talk about ways that they can cope in a scary...more
Best for kids ages 2 and up.
Early Literacy Skills: Print Motivation, Vocabulary, Narrative Skills

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There's am alligator under the bed. Mom and Dad don't know, they never saw him, but he;s there. Does he want to eat you? Maybe he's prefer something else instead. Maybe a peanut butter sandwich and some pie will lire him out ...

Great illustrations move this story about a crafty and industrious boy who will take care of the alligator under the bed. Short text with descriptive illustrations...more
Robyn Watt
A cute story about a child who fears the alligator under his bed, but he is the only one that can see the alligator. this book addresses the nighttime fears that children have when going to bed. the child in the book got courageous and figured it was time to get rid of this alligator and lured it out and trapped it. This book would be great to show children how to be courageous and over come the fears that they have, have the children in the class talk about the bedtime fears that they have and...more
favorite of munchkin's.
Genny Flett
There's an alligator under the bed! A little boy believes that there is an alligator under his bed, but anytime he tells his parents to look, they don't see it. So, the little boy devises a plan to get the alligator out from under his bed by making a trail of food to lead the alligator into the garage. The alligator comes out, eats the food, and the little boy traps him in the garage.

One of my favorite books as a child! A good book for storytelling, inspiring children to use their imagination,...more
Nov 27, 2007 Kristen rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: All children...and adults!
This book was one that my younger boys read when we were at their cousins house. They LOVED IT!! So their aunt let them borrow it...we ended up reading it EVERYDAY possibly for MONTHS straight. By that time the two of them had every word memorized and if I read it wrong they corrected me. We ended up ordering the other two in the series; 'There's a Nightmare in my closet' and ' There's something in my attic'...both are wonderful. Although we will never be able to top 'There's an alligator under...more
This book is great read for children because it will teach them to face their fears. In the book the boy says to his parents that their is an alligator underneath his bed. But the parents can not see the alligator so they do not believe the boy. So the boy comes up with a clever idea of setting a trap and making a trail of food so the alligator eats it right into the trap. The boy catches the alligator and his parents believe him. This is a great read to read in the classroom.
Katie Seckinger
This book is about a boy who has an alligator under his bed. His mom and dad don't do anything about it because they can't see the alligator. So the boy sets out to catch the alligator by himself. He makes a trail of things alligators like to eat from his room to the garage. The alligator came out, ate everything and got trapped in the garage. The illustrations in this book are very vibrant and animated. In the classroom, you could use this book to talk about facing your fears.
I absolutely love his book! I remember my grandpa reading it to me when I was little so I revisited it now that I have own baby and still love it just as much!!! It's cute and original in the ideas and actions of a little boy as his tries to resolve a crisis - an alligator under his bed. Of course his parents don't believe him so he must take matters into his own hands. His decisions are so innocent, child-like and believable! You'll have to read it to see for yourself.
This is such a fun book with great illustrations. This is one that we will be defiantly getting for our library.
Row row row your boat
gently down the stream
if you see an alligator
don't forget to scream (show puppet) repeat

Old Macdonald had a swamp / EIEIO
And in that swamp he had a gator / EIEIO
With a snap snap here and a snap snap there
here a snap there a snap everywhere a snap snap
Old Macdonald had a gator EIEIO

Several colors of beds
Hide alligator under some
Chant: Alligator, alligator are you under the _(fill in color) bed?
Stephanie Davis
I liked this book because when I was little I always thought there was some kind of animal or monster under my bed. I definitely related to the little boy in the story. I thought the concept of this book was cute and many kids would like it. I also enjoyed the illustrations of trying to get rid of the alligator. I especially liked the ending illustration where there were signs up for the boy's dad to be careful about the alligator in the garage.
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I began illustrating books in 1966. Since that time I have published over 300 books. Most of my books are about things that happened to me when I was a little kid. Now I'm a big kid and I write about things that happen now, especially with my own children. They always remind me of what it was like.

I was born in Arkansas in 1943. Boy, that was a long time ago! It's real fun to be an old kid. Then m...more
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