The carousel used to be the central attraction, the jewel of the amusement park, and the favorite animal on the carousel was the gator. After the crowds stopped coming and kids forgot about the amusement park, it was shut down. Gator fell fast asleep until he was awakened by a spider, and finding the park still empty, he went looking for another amusement park. He ended up at the zoo, where he met real alligators who were a lot scarier than Gator. What he liked the most about his journey was hearing the joyous sound he had missed so much, laughter. Fortunately for Gator, a little boy heard his crying and recognized him as the carousel gator; his father then revived the deserted carousel.
Gator by Randy Cecil; hardcover; $15.99; Candlewick Press
Happy Reading, Maryam