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Lonely for laughter, a carousel animal goes on a courageous journey in Randy Cecil’s delightful new picture book.

Gator loves everything about being a carousel animal — the flashing lights, the calliope music, and most of all, the laughter. But day by day, week by week, fewer and fewer people come to the amusement park, until one day, no one comes at all. And so begins an extraordinary odyssey,as Gator leaves behind the only life he’s ever known and sets off through some deep, dark woods to a place with REAL alligators — and a wonderful, familiar sound. Illustrator Randy Cecil puts on his author’s hat for this moving story of a modest carousel alligator who finds what he’s looking for and becomes a hero along the way.
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Lonely for laughter, a carousel animal goes on a courageous journey in Randy Cecil’s delightful new picture book.

Gator loves everything about being a carousel animal — the flashing lights, the calliope music, and most of all, the laughter. But day by day, week by week, fewer and fewer people come to the amusement park, until one day, no one comes at all. And so begins an extraordinary odyssey,as Gator leaves behind the only life he’s ever known and sets off through some deep, dark woods to a place with REAL alligators — and a wonderful, familiar sound. Illustrator Randy Cecil puts on his author’s hat for this moving story of a modest carousel alligator who finds what he’s looking for and becomes a hero along the way.
Product Details
Hardcover (40 pages)
Published: March 13, 2007
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Imprint: Candlewick
ISBN: 9780763629526
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    Duck
    The creator of Gator presents an enchanting follow-up about a carousel animal who longs to fly — and a love that is bigger than the skies. Duck is a carousel animal who spends her days watching flocks of real, flying ducks — and her nights dreaming of soaring among them. Flying is all she can think about, until the day a lost little duckling waddles into her life. Soon Duck and Duckling are inseparable: they walk together, play together, even dream of flying together. Then the time comes when Duckling's yellow fuzz is replaced by long white feathers, and Duck is determined to do whatever it takes to help him learn to fly. But what if helping Duckling find his wings means being left behind?

    Horsefly and Honeybee

    Horsefly and Honeybee
    When Honeybee decides to take a nap in the same flower as Horsefly, trouble ensues! They don’t want to share, and after quarrelling, run away in opposite directions. But it isn’t long until they meet again… They have both been captured by hungry Bullfrog! If Horsely and Honeybee are to escape before dinnertime, they must find a way to work together.  With beautiful illustrations and simple text, this is a sweet story about sharing and friendship.

    One Dark and Dreadful Night

    One Dark and Dreadful Night
    Good evening, and welcome to the Wayward Orphans Theatre. I am Maestro Von Haughty. Tonight I am proud to present three tales of terror and misfortune... A laugh-out-loud theatrical production that puts Broadway to shame! Maestro Von Haughty directs a theater company that performs gloomy works of tragedy-or they're supposed to. Unfortunately for the Maestro, his actors are a group of ragtag orphans that would much rather be in a happy play with butterflies and kittens (and perhaps a fairy as well). When the spirited orphans take over the stage, the worst kind of mayhem ensues, and even the stern Maestro can't stop them from turning his dark and dreadful masterpiece into a hilarious romp in the Wild West!

    And Here's to You!

    And Here's to You!
    "Elliott’s cup runneth over with good cheer in this rhymed toast to people — and not just the two-legged variety. . . . Will have listeners calling for another round." — Kirkus Reviews Here’s to the birds and the bears and the bugs! Here’s to the weird and wacky, the cute and creepy! From toothy fish to get-you-when-you’re-sleeping cats to lick-lick-lick-lick-lick-lick dogs, every creature is unique and lovable . . . especially you! David Elliott’s infectiously joyful poem and Randy Cecil’s brilliant, amusing artwork invite us to celebrate the world’s vast diversity — and feel pretty happy with our place in it, too.

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