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If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don't!

(Magnolia says DON'T!)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  1,504 ratings  ·  270 reviews
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 wh ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published July 7th 2015 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Often people are encouraged to do what they are told not to do or not supposed to do ever, ever.

If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don't! book knows exactly that. That's why it goes through whole process of telling you why why why you shouldn't ever bring an Alligator to School!

Read it to find out, even if you are an adult, you can still bring an Alligator, but please Don't!
Sep 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
In our ongoing saga of learning what NOT to do, Neo and I discovered that alligators and school do not mix. It is not necessarily for the presumed reason (picture a cheesy 1970s horror flick), but that the alligator might cause problems and lead to detention or even a trip to the principal's office. Show and Tell would surely be more interesting with an alligator than a hollow stick, but the end result would surely be a pain in the butt. Neo laughed when he saw all the things that alligator did ...more
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
Alligators can be such troubles! Never knew this until I came across this series!

As most of us feel the temptation to bring our brand new alligator to the show-and-tell, this children's book comes handy to erase such erratic thoughts.

Rashika (is tired)
What do you mean I am too old to be reading picture books? SHUSHHHHH. I READ WHAT I WANT and what I want to read are cute picture books like this one.

A couple months ago, I decided I wanted to read picture books and it’s been an interesting experience. I read middle grade novels often these days and sometimes my age does become an issue, but it’s even harder to ignore that picture books are written for an audience that is NOT me. It is why it’s even harder to come across picture books that compl
Rod Brown
Sep 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Reading the first book in the series after reading the second book earlier this month. This one is fine, but not as imaginative and cohesive as the one with the piano at the beach. I have the next two books in the series on hand from the library and am still looking forward to checking them out soon.
Kate Hastings
Aug 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
K-3. Students are asked to bring in something from nature to share with the class. MOST kids would think of a stick, a shell, a leaf. But what if you thought bringing an alligator to school was a good idea? It isn't!

Fun to discuss with students why some things are okay to bring to school and some aren't. Highlights some of the thinking process --trying to predict consequences before they happen. Are the consequences justified? What could the student have done differently?

Cute illustrations and p
I guess some kids would think Alligators are awesome and cool and maybe one could them to school, but poor girl discovers Alligators are nothing but trouble. One could have to stand at the end of the line, miss recess or get their name written on the board. Consequences... Imagine, teaching a child about consequences or how to choose better paths. Using the brain matter for thinking... before acting. We have a world full of adults unaware how to behave this way. One could change the title and re ...more
Steve Holden
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the other in Elise Parsley's series I got my hands on. This one is going to be a part of my classroom library and early read aloud! I love it. The story and illustrations are funny, and can be connected to helpful early conversations. Students are asked to bring something of "nature" to share for show and tell. What about an alligator? The story and illustrations fall much in line to the "If you give a mouse a cookie, etc" series and students love simple, silly stories. Give this author ...more
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: teachers, parents, kids
Recommended to Relyn by: Show Me Nominee 2017-18
Shelves: library-lessons
As a Missouri public school librarian, I am reading all the Show Me nominees to my second, third, and fourth grade students. This book was is so much fun! The art is wonderful, the story is funny, and the surprise picture on the back end paper provides the perfect jolt of laughter.
Nov 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Art by: Ms. Wynne
Cute little humorous book.
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Definitely the best out of the three.
The concept itself is hilarious (because what kid wouldn't want to bring an animal, let ALONE a reptile, for show-and-tell!), but the actual events that unfold coupled with the bold, lined illustrations make this story a must-read (preferably aloud).

I especially love the specific details within the illustrations: Marigold's chalk drawing of her teacher (3 people = the size of an alligator) includes the paper airplane stuck in her teacher's hair, the kid who lost the chunk of hair (via alligator
Rian *fire and books*
Apr 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I can just imagine going around a room, stomping and yelling for this book.
Andy Nordvall
Jan 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Hey, what could go wrong? Plenty, actually, but what I love about Ms. Parsley's books is she never takes the obvious route. There's just a little alligator almost eating children, but it turns out alligators are kind of jerks in general (who knew?) with poor protagonist Magnolia taking the brunt of the blame. Don't worry, though, she gets her sweet, sweet revenge. This is part of a series. They're all fun reads. ...more
If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don’t! By Elise Parsley (Iowa Goldfinch Award 18-19)

Teacher: The book we are going to read today is called, If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don’t(show cover)! By listening to the title, where does the story take place? What is the setting?

Possible Responses: Oh no! They are at school!

Teacher: Do you think it is a good idea to take an alligator to school? Why or why not? What do you know about alligators to help you decide?

Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Pretty funny! Apparently it’s a series. Reminds me of If You Give A a way
Similar to Never Take a Shark to the Dentist.
Aug 18, 2018 added it
Preparing for 1st graders. Cute book, seriously guys do not bring an alligator to school! If you still feel like you want to bring one, read this book FIRST!
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wasn’t sure what to pick for the edition. I actually have this book with the Moonlite app and projector. I love it! The book itself is cute and I love the alligator. The projector and sound effects make this reading experience extra special.
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very cute, story about a child's love for a alligator, then the knowing they no longer wanted a real alligator at school. ...more
Juliana Lee
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Jan 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
An alligator sounds like a slam dunk idea for nature Show and Tell, but this little girl is here to remind you of some consequences to bringing an alligator to school.

Why I started this book: Found this book from if you like this and then read that list...

Why I finished it: My library's Overdrive had this as a read along. Darling and perfect. I loved the origami, the lunch disaster and the crayon incident. I'll have to purchase hard copies for my library.
Aug 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s, favorites
Irreverent, funny, and so fun to read out loud. It has the gift of being fun for adults and at a different level for children. One little girl's attempt to bring an alligator to school for show n tell ends in mayhem and chaos. They really can't be trusted and you really, really, really don't want to follow in her footsteps. ...more
Courtney Huskisson
I love the story line and is a silly story to spark the question - "What would you bring to show-and-tell?" However, the illustrations were not my favorite; the teacher and the child were a bit too grumpy looking. ...more
Aliza Werner
Laugh out loud story of a girl who brings an alligator for show and tell. She's clearly setting her show and tell goals high and interested in science/nature. Reads a bit like "If You Give A Mouse A Cookie" with and "if, then" sequence. Hilarious story and illustrations. ...more
Mar 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
One of the most adorable stories I have read for children. Magnolia takes an alligator to school for show and tell. What a mistake! She gets in a lot of trouble because of him so take her advice and DON'T DO IT! Wonderful illustrations and a fun read. ...more
Sep 06, 2016 rated it liked it
This book reminds me of the time I stuffed my cat in my backpack and took him to school for show and tell. 2nd grade? Yeah, I got out of school early to take him home. He ran away. Never to be seen from again.
Dee Price
When Magnolia decides to bring an alligator to school for show and tell, the day is filled with chaos and mayhem.

I loved this book! It's funny, has amazing illustrations and would make a really good read-aloud!
Liza Nahas
Aug 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Loved the illustrations, kids will think they're hilarious. And who doesn't love to see a mischievous alligator causing trouble in school? ...more
Yelda Basar Moers
Aug 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
This is very cute and clever and reminds me of the children's picture book Argus! ...more
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