Books by Lindsey Gardiner

TROSCLAIR AND THE ALLIGATOR by Peter Huggins
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

Trosclair lives on Bayou Fontaine in Louisiana and loves nothing better than hunting turtles in the swamp with his dog Ollie in his pirogue. But now he's not allowed to go to the swamp because the rogue alligator Gargantua has moved in, scaring everybody. Pere tells him, "That alligator eat you and Ollie so fast he won't even stop to burp." But does Trosclair listen to his pa? Nope, not when the lure of the swamp's silence, Bee Island and the cypress trees calls him. Sure enough, that sneaky, slimy gator corners Trosclair and Ollie up a tree, telling Trosclair, "Trow down dat dog and I'll leave you alone." Now Trosclair is sly; by using the old "tar baby in the briar patch" ploy, he "trows" down a beehive instead, which sends the toothy, grinning Gargantua buzzin' away. Comical illustrations crackle with Cajun flavor and paneled scenes ripple the action, bringing it into play. Never mind that an alligator doesn't know what a beehive is, this swampy romp of an impish boy outwitting the gnarly gator is plain ole Cajun fun. (Picture book. 5-8)Read full book review >
WHO WANTS A DRAGON? by James Mayhew
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

A sweet polka-dotted dragon just wants to cuddle—"Who wants a dragon? A lost baby dragon, alone in the night?"—but everyone he meets runs away in fear. Even though he's pink and very cute, he still manages to knock a witch from her broom, frighten a knight, muddy a princess's gown, and give a king and queen reason to hide behind their thrones. When even a fairy refuses his pleas, he begins to despair. But flying in from high in the sky is the one who can love him the best: his mother. Cuddled in her arms, the little dragon falls asleep contented. Whimsical, brightly colored pastel drawings accompany the rhythmic verses, lending an easy read-aloud feature to a story that is sure to inspire a bedtime cuddle. Endearing. (Picture book. 3-6)Read full book review >
IF YOU’RE HAPPY AND YOU KNOW IT! by Jan Ormerod
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

An exuberant take on the children's song with a cast of adorable animals and an even more adorable little girl adding to the fun. With cheeks like roses, a heart on her T-shirt, and red-and-white striped knee socks, the blonde heroine sings a verse, clapping her hands. But a small brown dog says the thing to do when you're happy is wag your tail. An elephant notes, however, that his tail "is rather insignificant" and so prefers a version involving flapping one's ears. A crocodile wants to snap his teeth "snip, clip!," a gorilla is definitely into thumping his chest, and so it goes through toucans, hyenas, parrots, and kangaroos. It all ends with a rousing chorus of "When you're happy and you know it, do your thing" with girl and all the animals performing en masse. And such animals: the bright blue gorilla has rosy cheeks, as does the pale blue elephant with a striped trunk. The crocodile's teeth seem to be made of newsprint and its body is patchwork; the little brown dog's a cuddly, winsome fellow. A great read-aloud/sing-along, with one caveat: the verses don't wrap to completion as in the original song, because the next animal interrupts the flow to chime in. So the compulsive reader or listener will have to add the last line to tie up the page—possibly making it even more entertaining. (Picture book. 3-7)Read full book review >