Zack's alligator (An I can read book)

by Shirley Mozelle

Other authorsJames Watts (Illustrator)
Hardcover, 1989



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Harper Collins (1989), Edition: 1st, 63 pages


When Zack soaks his new alligator keychain in water, it grows into a full-sized and fun-loving alligator.

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LibraryThing member susan.suihkonen
Zack gets a toy alligator, Bridget, who grows into a real alligator when watered. Zack takes Bridget out on an adventure and finds that she is quite hard to take care of. She dries out and shrinks back to toy size just as Zack’s dad asks to see her. Zack promises to water her in the morning.
LibraryThing member temorrison
Zack receives a present from his uncle Jim, who lives in Florida. He opens the present and there was a key chain with a note that said “Water Bridget.” So, Zack put Bridget in the sink and cut on the water. Bridget starting growing and growing until she could not fit in the sink, Zack then put
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her in the bathtub and she even grew out of that! Then Zack’s mom came upstairs and asked what was going on. Then he took Bridget down stairs and fed her, and then she lay down on the couch and watched TV. Once she had eaten all of her food, she wanted to go for a walk. Then they went to the park, and swing, climbed on the monkey bars, played on the seesaw, and even played on the merry-go-round. She started causing some problems, so Zack made her drink some water so that she would shrink. She turned back into the key chain, and Zack’s dad never knew that she was a real alligator.
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LibraryThing member crdutton
This is a classic book that I loved as a kid. Zack receives a present from his uncle Jim, who lives in Florida. The present is a key chain with a note that said Water Bridget. So, Zack put Bridget in the sink and watered it. This alligator, Bridget, grows to be so big that she cant fit into the
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sing, so Zack places her in the tub. She grew even larger. Then Zack’s mom came discovers what was going on. Zack and Bridget go do fun things, like watch tv, go to th park..etc. When Bridget began to cause problems, Zack gives her water so that she will shrink up. She turned back into the key chain. This book is such a well illustrated book that never gets old.
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LibraryThing member salenawolfgoddess
A boy named Zack gets an alligator key chain from his uncle in the Everglades with a note that says to water it. Zack does just that and the alligator (whose name is Bridget) begins to grow and grow. After she reaches full alligator size she gets Zack to feed her Meat Loaf Surprise and take her for
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a walk. While they are out Bridget attacks a hose, bites a mail truck's tire, plays at the playground and rides a merry-go-round. Then she starts shrinking till she's key chain size again asking Zack to water her again tomorrow.

I loved this book when I when I was small and I think it's still a great picture book. It is also a Library of Congress Children’s Books award winner.
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LibraryThing member clwalker
When Bridget the alligator arrives in the mail, she's only the size of a key chain! But after Zack soaks her in water, she grows into a real live alligator. Bridget wrestles the garden hose and swings from the monkey bars. And what other alligator can do cartwheels?


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8.7 inches


0060243090 / 9780060243098

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