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Oliver and His Alligator


3.65  ·  Rating details ·  579 ratings  ·  127 reviews
Oliver is nervous about the first day of school, so he picks up an alligator at the swamp, just in case. And boy, does it come in handy! Whenever anything scares Oliver--be it a teacher, a classmate, or the prospect of learning "everything"--the alligator makes the problem go away. Quickly, school becomes much simpler . . . and a little lonely. But Oliver knows just what ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published June 25th 2013 by Disney-Hyperion (first published June 1st 2013)
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Sep 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I got this for my nephew as part of his birthday gift. His name is also Oliver and he just started school so I thought he'd get a kick out this story about a boy named Oliver on his first day of school. After I read it I thought it was a bit dark - spoiler alert: the alligator eats everyone! But it's SUCH a fun book, a super quick read and equally perfect for Oliver, who just turned five, as well as his much younger sister. Illustrations are clean and simple and beautiful. I hear that Oliver and ...more
We started reading this, and had to reread it as we disbelieved it. And it continued ... My boys could not work out whether to laugh or hide under the covers, but it had them riveted and stunned and my youngest then had to go an read it to his dad.
Mar 27, 2018 rated it liked it
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A bit of dark, relatable humor for a shy kid, with fun, cartoony illustrations, but it was hard for my five-year old to figure out what was going on at first.
Victoria Beaudoin
I would definitely recommend this book to have in the classroom. It was humorous and I think the students would really enjoy it. The illustrations were much like those of Dr. Seuss and the colors were inviting. I found myself laughing at the childish humor which is why I think it would be fun to read as a whole class.
Aug 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love the gentleness of this book. Oliver is a good kid struggling with a normal thing. Nobody goes mad or lectures him for this - instead, he works through it in his own time and his own way. The shy child gains power and acceptance through the author's sympathy and understanding. Lovely illustrations, too.
Offbeat, but cute (and better if you don't over-think it).
Courtney Baird
May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a perfect book for the first day of school! Many kids will be able to relate to the first day of school gitters and it will show students you are not alone in being nervous to start school!
Oliver is nervous about starting school so he decides to pick up an alligator friend. Whenever something new scares him he says, "Munch, munch" and his alligator eats it. With minimalist illustrations, this book will be relatable to young kids nervous to start school or experiencing anxiety of any kind. It could be a nice springboard to discussing healthy ways to deal with our feelings, especially anxiety and shyness. Don't read this to a little one who is super literal! The idea of eating ...more
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is freaking adorable. A little boy takes an alligator to school with him on his first day (because he's nervous). That alligator takes care of all the scary things. Definitely an unexpected ending!
Logan Wolford
"Oliver and his Alligator" is not what I expected by the title. Oliver struggles making friends so he feels it is easier for them to disappear, so he tells his alligator to eat them. Then, he realizes he is alone and discovers his mistake.
MeganRuth - Alohamora Open a Book
A fun portrayal of shy children and those with a little social anxiety. A parent/child read or a counselor would appreciate this book.
Bryan Wanlass
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
A little odd if taken literally. :)
May 19, 2018 rated it liked it
A sweet story about a shy boy starting school. It would be a cute book for a story time right before kindergarten.
Kimberly Sabatini
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
Oliver is so adorable I want to eat him up. <3
Sarah Morton
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
A great child-appropriate look at anxiety
Kayla Nicole
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very different, but very cute. The pictures are minimalist, but enjoyable to look at!
Cara Byrne
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
A bizarre, unique picture book about a young boy nervous about starting school.
Jan 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
I wish I had an alligator to eat things that make me nervous.......
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
Oliver uses an alligator to eat things when he gets anxious. It might compare well to the book "If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School."
Shayna R.
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Adorable book that will make both adults and kids laugh. Children nervous about school or social interactions will be able to relate and learn that the things that make them uncomfortable can also be fun. Cute and minimalist illustrations finish off this book perfectly.
Liz Todd
Brilliant. The introvert's dream.
May 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Oliver sometimes isn’t as brave as he’d like to be, and that is especially true on the first day of school. So he headed to the swamp and picked up an alligator, “just in case things got rough.” When Oliver got to school a woman who was not his mother greeted him and asked his name. In his panic, Oliver couldn’t remember his name, but he could say “munch, munch!” and the alligator ate the lady. A similar thing happened when a little girl in the class asked Oliver what he loved. Oliver wanted to ...more
Holly Schurman
Oct 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Oliver was worried about his first day of school so he picked up an alligator from the swamp in case things got rough. When he got to school a woman asked him a question so he told his alligator to eat her. One of his classmates asked what his favorite animal was so he told her alligator to eat her, too. All of the other kids were too noisy so he asked his alligator to eat them. He was anxious about all of the material he had to learn to he asked his alligator to eat that, too. Just as he was ...more
Courtney Huskisson
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"Oliver sometimes felt his brave was't nearly as big as he needed it to be." With that opening line, how could you not feel for Oliver? Worried about his first day of school, Oliver stops by the swamp to pick up an alligator—just in case. Smart thinking, kid! And this is one well-trained alligator: whenever his anxiety creeps up, Oliver just says "Munch, munch!" and the alligator helpfully obliges by eating up whatever's in sight.

That is, until his alligator friend has eaten up the whole
Shumin Wu
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Elizabeth Smith
Schmid, Paul. Oliver and His Alligator. New York: Disney-Hyperion Books, 2013. Print. Fiction, first day of school, fear. It is Oliver’s first day of school and he is really nervous about making new friends and going somewhere he’s never been. In order to help him he stops by the swamp and makes an alligator his pet. Whenever Oliver gets scared he says “Munch, munch” and the alligator eats the people. In time Oliver becomes lonely and has the alligator to eat him so he can be with all the people ...more
Aug 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Oliver is nervous about his first day of school, so he stops by the swamp and picks up an alligator. Just in case. (LOVE this.)

When he gets to school, he's a little afraid of his teacher. When she asks his name, he's so nervous he just says, "Munch, munch." I'm assuming the alligator takes this as a command, because it eats his teacher. (YES.)

For the rest of the morning, anyone or anything that makes Oliver nervous or annoyed winds up in the alligator's belly. Finally, Oliver is alone. There's
Most of the reason this book is getting any stars at all is because I love Paul Schmid's illustrations. The story, however, left a little to be desired. The concept was that Oliver is going to his first day of Kindergarten, but he is scared, so he picks up an alligator along the way to school. Anything that scares him, the alligator eats. This could've been a really cute book, but the alligator eating everything just made it creepy to me, and a little bit like "let's all ignore our problems ...more
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