Have you ever heard the urban legend about alligators living in the sewers of New York City? Well if you want to know the truth, look no farther than The Underground Gators written by our very own Tina Casey! Tina actually worked in the sewers of New York City for the Department of Environmental Protection, so she knows the real scoop on alligators living under the Big Apple.
The Underground Gators is a delightful, imaginative story about NYC alligators that also explains such mysteries as to why school buses are yellow and socks go missing from the washing machine. Booklist writes:
This slapstick picture book begins by dispelling the urban myth about alligators living in the sewers of New York City: “To be honest, nobody has ever really seen them.” Then Casey hedges a bit. Just because there hasn’t been an eyewitness, she reasons, doesn’t mean that the alligators aren’t there. Together, Casey and Munsinger try to make a case for the ’gators’ existence, and the result is this over-the-top, comedic offering. All kinds of mysteries can be explained, it seems, by adding the alligator angle. Why are manholes round? So that the pizzas that alligators love to order can be easily passed through. What do babysitters do after kids go to bed? They play cards with alligators. There is a lot more silliness than sense here, but Munsinger makes it work in hilarious scenes of the endearingly goofy reptiles marching through the human world, from summer school to a child’s bedroom, where they stand in for the tooth fairy.
Congratulations Tina on publishing The Underground Gators. Hopefully, you’ll inspire other Eco Child’s Play writers to pen that green children’s book they’ve been dreaming about. It’s good to know sewer “alligators know the value of a good education.”