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Later, Gator
Yep, Laurence, 1948-
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Hyperion Books for Children, [1995]

Physical Description:
122 pages ; 22 cm
Teddy finds that his imagination has gotten him into trouble once more, when he buys his younger brother Bobby an alligator for his birthday.
Reading Level:
590 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.0 3.0 14596.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 5.9 5 Quiz: 06679 Guided reading level: R.
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Teddy finds that his imagination has gotten him into trouble once more, when he buys his younger brother Bobby an alligator for his birthday.

Author Notes

Laurence Yep was born in San Francisco, California on June 14, 1948. He graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1970 and received a Ph.D. in English from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

He primarily writes fiction for young adults, but has also written and edited several works for adults. His first novel, Sweetwater, was published in 1973. His other books include Dragonwings, Dragon's Gate, Shadow Lord, Child of the Owl, The Earth Dragon Awakes: The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906, and The Dragon's Child: A Story of Angel Island. He has won numerous awards for his work including the Newbery Medal Honor Book, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, Jane Addams Children's Book Award, and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 4-6. Teddy thinks his younger brother, Bobby, is too good to be true--helpful, kind, thoughtful, and a whole lot more that Teddy isn't. In a burst of silly spite, he buys Bobby a baby alligator as a birthday-present prank. To his complete surprise, Bobby loves the gift, which proceeds to cause all kinds of household havoc before it escapes and eventually dies. The reptile's death is given its due, but this isn't a sad book. There are lots of funny interchanges among Teddy's extended family as they view the "beast," with Teddy's serious father serving as a great comic foil. A sense of San Francisco's Chinatown is folded nicely into the telling, and Yep doesn't forget the brotherly rivalry that started everything: it turns out that Teddy's mischievous gift brings the boys closer together than ever before. With an afterword providing perspective on endangered species and pet keeping, this is a spirited comedy kids will thoroughly enjoy. (Reviewed May 01, 1995)0786800593Stephanie Zvirin

Publisher's Weekly Review

Adopting a light tone far removed from the solemnity of Hiroshima (see boxed review, page 297), Yep trains his attention on a close-knit family in San Francisco's Chinatown. Teddy's mother, insisting that he put some effort into choosing a birthday present for his practically perfect younger brother, sends him to the pet shop to buy a turtle. But Teddy, no paragon, picks out a baby alligator instead, hoping to horrify little Bobby. (A note tacked onto the end of the novel advises readers on more humane approaches to choosing a pet.) Bobby, however, is thrilled, and Teddy finds himself working with Bobby to persuade their parents to let the alligator stay. Yep's portrayal of the family is warm, wise and humorous. In examining classic issues like sibling rivalry, he adds the special filter of the Chinese American experience: just after Teddy complains to his mother that everyone likes Bobby better than him, Teddy tells the reader, ``Right about now I could have really used a hug. My parents, though, never showed their affection like the white parents on television. I wanted a hug so bad that it almost hurt.'' The story may be a slender one, but the insights here are generous. Ages 8-12. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved