I saw a copy of the new Alan’s Big, Scary Teeth at the Pan Macmillan Children’s Conference earlier this year. After a quick read I knew that my kiddies would love the story and so was very excited to share it with them when the book arrived with us last week. As I mentioned in my review of the Fisher-Price Pull Along Alligator, we had two alligators arrive with us that week and we’ve been loving our time with Alan in the book and Alan the wooden pull along toy ever since!
We received a board book version of Alan’s Big, Scary Teeth, perfect because we can enjoy reading it together but Ethan can also look at it alone without me worrying as it’s sturdy and a great small size for little hands to hold. The illustrations are bright and colourful, making this a popular choice for bedtime. I absolutely love the story of Alan so I never mind reading this one again and again either!
Let me tell you a bit about this fun story. Alan is an alligator, not just any alligator either…he comes from a long line of very scary alligators and is well known for his scaring. Alan is careful about taking care of his big, scary teeth and practises frightening faces to scare the jungle animals. But Alan has a secret, he actually has false teeth which he keeps hidden at the end of the day.
Things take a surprising turn when Barry the beaver stumbles across a dozing Alan and discovers the false teeth when he dives to hide behind a bush. Poor Alan is quite distraught, especially when the animals just laugh at him trying to be scary without his teeth. Scaring is all he had ever known, and he cries until the other animals agree to give him his teeth back. With conditions of course! You’ll have to read the book to discover the surprising twist, it’s frighteningly good I promise.
Alan’s Big, Scary Teeth is available for a recommended retail price of R150 from bookstores and online retailers. It’s recommended for children aged 3 to 5. Author Jarvis will also be releasing the beautiful looking Tropical Terry later this year so watch this space for that review too.
Thanks to Pan Macmillan for showing us that there’s more to Alan than his big, scary teeth!