This book was hilarious, which is how I like most of my kids books. When Magnolia brings the most exciting thing she can think of for show and tell, she ends up getting more than she asked for. Magnolia can't just bring in sticks or shiny rocks to class, she wants to bring in an alligator, because what could be better than that? Pretty soon though, she starts to find out why no one else would want to bring one in. If you’re looking for that book that is fun to read out loud, this is it.— Jess
The second book in the New York Times bestselling series that began with If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don't! is another uproarious cautionary tale about things that DON'T belong together!
If your mom says to get ready to play at the beach, she means with a boat, or a Frisbee, or a shovel. She is NOT talking about the piano. But Magnolia is a little girl with a big idea, determination, and one very heavy upright piano that, she insists, she needs to take with her. What's the worst that can happen? In a riotous series of mishaps, Magnolia quickly learns that--not surprisingly--a piano doesn't mix well with sand, sun, and seagulls!
About the Author
Elise Parsley wrote and illustrated the bestselling If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don't!, which was her debut picture book. She has also written and illustrated If You Ever Want to Bring a Piano to the Beach, Don't!; If You Ever Want to Bring a Circus to the Library, Don't!; Neck & Neck; and illustrated The Magic Word by Mac Barnett. She lives in South Dakota with her husband. She invites you to visit her online at eliseparsley.com.
Praise for If You Ever Want to Take a Piano to the Beach, Don't!:
"Magnolia's voice is wonderfully childlike... her facial expressions top all, perfectly capturing both her exuberance and her mood swings. A delightful demonstration of just one of many things not to take to the beach; the brainstorming possibilities are endless."—Kirkus Reviews
Praise for If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don't!:
[It] revels in the rampage of the id-here in the form of a formidable and toothy crocodilian. Elise Parsley's jaunty second-person narration is matched by comically expressive and detailed digital artwork that seems to shout from the page."—Wall Street Journal
"Children are likely to get a kick out of Magnolia's not-quite-contrite tone and the colorful chaos her giant pet creates."—New York Times
"This is an engaging debut picture book [that] will appeal to a wide age range. Here's hoping for more adventures with Magnolia!"—School Library Journal