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The Lady with the Alligator Purse (1988): Watch Out, It Bites

Nadine Bernard Westcott, The Lady with the Alligator Purse (Little, Brown, 1988)


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The power of folk remedies!

My wife tells me (as does the book’s cover) that this is a relatively common sing-along song for kids. I’d never heard it before seeing this book. Actually I still haven’t, so I’ve no idea if I’m reading it “right” when I read it to the kid. Fun little story, I always get a laugh out of the first few lines and Davey cheers when the titular Lady prescribes pizza for the baby’s ills. The illustrations are capable, if nothing to write home about, and I do wish there were more of a resolution to the thing (though I’m not going to ding the book for it, assuming this is a faithful recreation of a popular… double-dutch chant, maybe?), but we have fun with it. ** ½

About Robert "Goat" Beveridge

Media critic (amateur, semi-pro, and for one brief shining moment in 2000 pro) since 1986. Guy behind noise/powerelectronics band XTerminal (after many small stints in jazz, rock, and metal bands). Known for being tactless but honest.

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