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by Keiko Kasza ; illustrated by Keiko Kasza

Age Range: 2 - 7

Pub Date: May 2nd, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-399-25763-6
Publisher: Putnam

Birthdays should be great fun. How awesome will Alligator Al’s be?

Alligator Al’s ready to find himself a big treat for his birthday when there’s a knock at his door. It’s a piglet! What luck! Al snatches the piglet and ties him in a potato sack despite the piggy’s protests that it’s his birthday, too. Al begins preparing to cook up his birthday visitor, but the piglet points out that no birthday’s complete without a birthday cake. Al agrees and follows the piglet’s instructions for making a yummy cake. Then the piglet reminds him awesome guys deserve fancy decorations on their birthdays. Al decorates, and he’s ready to start on his feast when the piglet says there ought to be guests; he offers to call his friends. With visions of a month’s—or a year’s!—worth of piglets, Al eagerly agrees...but piglet’s friends turn out to be a fearsome rhino, hippo, boar and gorilla! Al flees in fright, leaving Piglet and friends to celebrate in style. With this tale of turnabouts, storytime favorite Kasza delivers a sly companion to My Lucky Day (2003), adding a postscript that gives extra insight into the disingenuous porker’s M.O. Audiences of one or many will chortle at the trickery.

Kasza’s lively signature watercolor illustrations are the icing on this brightly colored cake. (Picture book. 2-7)