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Hooray for Amanda & Her Alligator!

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  2,987 ratings  ·  327 reviews
6½ stories about 2 surprising friends.

Having a stuffed alligator for a best friend can be surprising.

Sometimes Amanda surprises her alligator with books. Sometimes Alligator surprises Amanda by eating them.

But what happens when Amanda brings home a special—and not entirely welcome—surprise? The result might be unexpected indeed.

Beloved author-illustrator Mo Willems has cre
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Hardcover, 69 pages
Published April 26th 2011 by Balzer + Bray
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David
Hooray for Amanda & Her Alligator! by Mo Willems has 6½ stories about 2 friends: Amanda & her stuffed Alligator. There is a definite Calvin and Hobbes vibe here as you follow the tender story of two friends as a third character enters the mix. It's in a picture book format but nearly a beginning reader too.

There is waiting, impatience, suprises, tickles, thinking caps, boredom, head chewing, silly songs, dressing up, discoveries, friendship and new friends in this very funny book. The di
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Ronyell
Alligator

4.5 stars

After reading so many of Mo Willems’ fantastic books like Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale and Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, I was lucky to stumble upon this book called “Hooray for Amanda and her Alligator!” and I must admit that this book is probably one of Mo Willems’ cutest books ever written!

Amanda and Alligator (who happens to be a stuffed toy) are best friends and they love to surprise each other! Whether Amanda surprises Alligator or Alligator surprises Amanda back, they
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Kathryn
I love Mo Willems and I think Amanda and her Alligator are among my favorites of his creations. I don't want to spoil any of the surprises in this book (after all, wee chapters are: A Surprising Surprise, An Un-Surprising Surprise, (Chapter 2 1/2 is "An Extra Surprise" and oh, how I loved it!), A Surprising Tickle, A Surprising Value, A Surprising Solution, and A Surprising Discovery) but, as ever, I am at once found myself deeply touched and yet chuckling as I read this sweet, surprising story. ...more
Lisa Vegan
Mar 10, 2012 Lisa Vegan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: kids who love their stuffed animals and books, and who like reading friendship stories
Recommended to Lisa by: Kathryn
4 ½ stars

I was tempted to put this book on my books-about-books shelf, but even though Amanda is almost constantly reading all sorts of books, they’re not the core of this book, not really, though I particularly enjoyed those parts of the story.

This is a sweet and funny story, a 69-page picture book containing 6 ½ chapters, each chapter with the words surprising or surprise in their title.

What was delightfully amusing for me now would have had me laughing in stitches as a young kid, throughout m
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Dolly
Jul 01, 2011 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
We just love Mo Willems's books and so when we saw that he had a new book out at our local library, we just had to get it. This is a terrific story (broken up into 6 1/2 short stories) and it seems perfect for the just-out-of-school, what-should-we-do crowd. The fact that Amanda reads a lot and gets lots of books from the library (on a wide range of topics, too) is wonderful. And I also love her imagination and the way she cares for her 'friends.' We see the characters experience boredom, jealou ...more
NebraskaIcebergs
If you’re like me, you’re probably used to picture books that are so short that they don’t even have page numbers. In that case, you would probably be surprised to find a picture book to have chapters. Hurray for Amanda and Her Alligator has a chapter page, contains six stories, and clocks in at seventy pages. Yet this isn’t an anthology. Rather, each story reveals a little bit more about friendship through its two title characters. For example, here is a description of alligator’s reaction to A ...more
babyhippoface
Elephant & Piggie are the Lucy & Ethel of beginning readers. Cat the Cat has pre-readers covered, and now Amanda and Alligator slide next to the newly-completed Trixie and Knuffle Bunny trilogy on the shelf as Mo's best new read-aloud. There is no way I can not love a book with a line like this:

Amanda was reading her library book You Can Make It Yourself:
Jet Packs!
when she noticed her alligator chewing on her head.


Perfect. And there is no way a kid can not keep turning pages in a bo
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Crystal Bandel
Hooray for Amanda & Her Alligator! by Mo Willems, published 2011.

Fiction.

Picture book.

Pre-K to grade 4.

Found via Horn Book Magazine, reviewed by Kitty Flynn.

Amanda and her alligator stuffed animal are the best of friends, doing everything together, from scaring each other to enjoying books. In a series of six-and-a-half short stories, this book contains various interactions between these two friends. Towards the end, a panda shows up and makes Alligator worry about losing Amanda, but eventua
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J.F.
Hooray for Amanda & Her Alligator! by Mo Willems
Review by J.F. Sanborn

Hooray for Mo Willems in yet another wonderful story! This is the tale of two best friends- Amanda and her toy Alligator. Alligator doesn't like it when Amanda leaves the house without him, as he demands a lot of her attention. Amanda loves her Alligator but is a very independent child. Throw in a third friend and some jealousy and you have yourself a great new Willems book! My 6 year old and I read this using the "you rea
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Snorkle
I don't know how Mo willems does it - but I find all of his books simply enchanting and hilarious. This book was no exception. I loved the little stuffed aligator and his funky personality. I also loved Mo's trademark illustrations and how easily he captured my attention and actually made me laugh out loud as I was reading. I especially adored this book and would recommend it to anyone.

Update 7/12/11: When I attended ALA Conference I bought this book and had Mo Willems sign it! He's just as hila
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Alexandra
Another brilliant children's book from Mo Willems, featuring the highly literate Amanda (seriously, the books she's reading are fantastic) and her best friend Alligator, who is a bit impatient, and quite silly. Together, they have a marvelous friendship.

This is a delightful book, illustrated perfectly, with the goofy Alligator and the more practical Amanda showing off their friendship, from the good to the hysterical. The addition of a new friend by the end shows Alligator that friends are price
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Terri
There must be never a dull moment in the Mo Willems' household. I love the way his mind works. I love the way he can create a whole attitude with two dots and a line (witness the irritation in the eyes of Amanda's alligator). I love the depth of insight in his spare text. I love....

Willems hooked me with the Calvin and Hobbes relationship in this work and Amanda's eclectic (or should I say eccentric) choice of books. Then he totally sank the hook and reeled me in with "Books beat boredom." 'Nuf
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Bethany
One of the cutest children's books I've read in a while. Alligator is definitely a character kids will relate to -- he's no good at waiting -- while the titles of Amanda's library books, such as "Whale Songs for Beginners," will leave adult readers snickering to themselves. ("Mama, what are you laughing at?" "Oh, trust me, it's funny.")

I love the color palette used throughout the book. It's subtle, earthy and comfortable, lacking the bright neon, in-your-face colors that are so often used on the
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Melissa
If there was nothing else remarkable about this book, I would still give it five stars for this perfect line: "Amanda was reading her new library book _You Can Make It Yourself: Jet Packs!_ when she noticed her alligator chewing on her head."

I would also give it five stars just for Alligator's "perfectly good, unused "BOO!"

Bill would give it five stars just for the library book titles.

So there you go.
midnightfaerie
A cute story about a little girl and her stuffed alligator. Mo Willems never fails to delight and enchant and this is no exception. The story is more about the alligator than the girl and we many similarities between him and other small children. A story any kid can relate to. My 5 yr old and twin 3 yr olds loved it. A great addition to any children's library.
Anna
Hooray for Amanda & her alligator by Mo Willems | 2011
genre: fiction
format: picture books
plot summary: Amanda and her alligator have lots of fun playing together and surprising each other, but when Amanda's grandfather buys her a panda, Alligator must learn to make new friends.
red flags: none
selection source: school library journal
recommended ages: 4-8
Marcy
LOVE this book. So friggin cute! i also love that it features a girl as the main character (along with her alligator). And, at the start of each of the 6 short "chapters" Amanda is reading one of the many books she brought home from the library. And it's just funny and adorable. This may be my favorite of all of D's books.
Nick
Target Audience: K-3

Summary: Amanda and her alligator is about Alligator and his attempts to keep himself from being bored. He tries to scare, surprise, and play with Amanda, but it doesn't always work. Amanda is always reading a book while Alligator is bored and his failed attempts only make him more bored. He puts on his thinking cap and comes up with brilliant tactics to scare Amanda. Once Amanda goes to the zoo with her grandpa, she comes back with a new toy and Alligator is unsure how he fe
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Donalyn
No one writes about friendship like Mo Willems. He perfectly captures the relationship between a girl and her beloved stuffed alligator here.
What I liked best is that Amanda is a reader who carts home books from the library. She tells Alligator, "Books beat boredom."

Yes, Amanda, they do.
Victoria Long
This book uses a table of contents, which is a rest way to introduce this to children. It is compiled like a a book of many short stories and could be used with core academic standards. It also provides many tips and hints on what friends do and how to be a good friend. There are very limited words on each page, so this is a very easy book to read. It is long for a picture book, but the words and picture make it easier to read. The pictures are childlike as if drawn by a child, but this adds to ...more
Alyson
A terrific cross between a picture book and an easy reader. Great for reading to a child but with simple language and stories for kids starting to read on their own. No one does simple stories and simple illustrations like Mo Willems.
Elisabeth
I wish I could give it more stars just because I loved Amanda explaining why alligator was in the discount bin and only cost 7 cents. A newish format for Willems. It definitely feels like a hybrid of Elephant and Piggie and Knuffle Bunny.
Jocelin
Not one of my favorites by Mo Willems. The other books that he has written (Knuffle Bunny, The Pigeon) were much captivating. It's just exceedingly ok.
*Queen Diva*
Classic Mo Willems... loved it! Alligator is great!
Amanda
This book is so cute. :)
Josiah
I love this book! Mo Willems has worked his inimitable magic once again, perfectly harmonizing a lively, funny, charming story with some of the most endearing illustrations I've ever seen in any book, and the end result is Hooray for Amanda & Her Alligator!, a literary treat for anyone of any age who enjoys a good story. I would definitely give two and a half stars to this book, and I still might round that up to three stars eventually. This is easily one of my favorite picture books of the ...more
Leslie Bardo
This fun, enjoyable chapter/ picture book is about a young girl named Amanda and her stuffed pet, Alligator. He’s blue-green with a simplistic character design. The white backgrounds of each illustration are very simple with minimalistic furniture and decorations, which only emphasizes the alligator and Amanda. There are 6 ½ chapters that include a “surprise” for either Amanda or Alligator. The first surprise is Alligator scaring Amanda, the second surprise is Alligator putting on his Thinking C ...more
Rachel Pence
Amanda & Her Alligator written and illustrated by Mo Willems was a fun and easy chapter book for a beginner to read. When you first open the book the inside pages are pictures of Amanda and her friend the Alligator dancing. This gives the reader an idea of what to expect next in the story. This story has six cute and entertaining chapters in them all about the different surprises you will read in the book. This is a story about a girl and her best stuffed animal friend and how they like to h ...more
Jessica
I could probably write the same thing about every single Mo Willems book: cute, charming, funny, easy reader. The end. But I'll say a little bit more about this one. It's a "chapter" book with 6.5 easy chapters about, you guessed it, Amanda and her (stuffed) alligator. Each chapter starts with either Amanda visiting the library, or reading one of her newest library books. The titles are a riot--Climbing Things for Fun and Profit, Whale Songs for Beginners, and You Can Make It Yourself-Jet Packs! ...more
Laura
What a fun book! It reminds me very much of James Marshall's George and Martha stories. Hooray for Amanda and Her Alligator! features Amanda, a young girl, and her stuffed alligator. The book includes a series of short, illustrated stories. Kids will love the jokes and sympathize with Alligator's ruined pranks. I especially loved the part when Alligator found out that he was purchased for seven cents from the sale bucket. The final story introduces a new toy, a stuffed panda from the zoo, which ...more
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In addition to such picture books as Leonardo the Terrible Monster, Edwina the Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct, and Time to Pee, Mo has created the Elephant and Piggie books, a series of early r
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