• There's an Alligator Under My Bed by Mercer Mayer
  • Mayer, Mercer. There’s an Alligator under My Bed. New York: Dial for Young Readers, 1987. Print.
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There's an Alligator under My Bed


"There's an Alligator Under My Bed," by Mercer Mayor, is about a little boy who comes up with a scheme to trick the alligator under his bed that is afraid of out of his room. For each activity mentioned in conjunction with the book, it is important to read the book to the students before the activity or at least remind the students the summary of the book. The teacher can even ask the students if they remember what happened in the book.

Despite the title being in the present tense, starts off with the young protagonist declaring matter-of-factly that “There used to be an alligator under my bed”, which immediately turns the typical childhood-fear story on its head, since all the ‘action’ is told in retrospect, and we know from the start that the boy had already somehow vanquished the threat.


There's an Alligator Under my Bed

In There’s an Alligator Under my Bed, a young boy is fully cognizant of the reptile hanging out below his mattress, despite the fact that he can’t get his parents to believe him. He takes matters into his own hands to solve the problem.