Alan is a fearsome, scary alligator with sharp and gleaming teeth. Everyday, he goes out into the jungle and snaps and growls at all the animals, terrifying them. But Alan has a secret, and when the animals find out about it, they laugh at him until he is in tears. That night, as they listen to his embarrassed weeping, the animals realize they big, scary Alan has feelings, too. So they animals strike up a deal: if Alan stops scaring the animals, they won’t tease him. The creatures all become good friends, and Alan only scares them with a friendly campfire story or two.
This was a really great book about bullying. The metaphor of bullies like Alan having a secret insecurity that makes them act scary is well-executed, and I love that the animals realized that by making fun of Alan’s secret, they become bullies themselves. It’s a great message wrapped in a cute, fun-to-read story and some exciting, colorful illustrations. The length was great for baby bookworms, and JJ really liked it! Baby Bookworm approved!