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Who Needs Love?
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Who Needs Love?
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Scarlett Starlett and Simon Greensnout were best friends; they were also alligators who lived in a town menaced by a rotten-to-the-core witch. She hated anything sweet and nice and had no use for love.
Scarlett longed to be a singer and Simon yearned to travel the world. One day, they stumbled upon a silver dollar that the witch had lost. In exchange for its return to her, the witch granted them their wishes. But be careful what you wish for, because these wishes came with an evil spell attaches. . . .
Through some scary twists and turns, Scarlett and Simon managed to find what they were looking for as well as the answer to the question, "Who needs love?"
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Scarlett Starlett and Simon Greensnout were best friends; they were also alligators who lived in a town menaced by a rotten-to-the-core witch. She hated anything sweet and nice and had no use for love.
Scarlett longed to be a singer and Simon yearned to travel the world. One day, they stumbled upon a silver dollar that the witch had lost. In exchange for its return to her, the witch granted them their wishes. But be careful what you wish for, because these wishes came with an evil spell attaches. . . .
Through some scary twists and turns, Scarlett and Simon managed to find what they were looking for as well as the answer to the question, "Who needs love?"
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  • Kirkus

    November 1, 2012
    A humorous cautionary tale of greed, wishes and hope. In Pokey Marsh, a "rotten-to-the-core witch" snatches a silver coin from a wise cypress and promptly loses it. Gator best friends Scarlett Starlett and Simon Greensnout happen to discover the shiny object. Each time the tree finds its coin in the hands of another, it intones, "Give me back my silver dollar and I will give you something that lasts forever....What lasts forever?" Each character chooses to keep the coin instead of what it thinks lasts forever. What ensues is a series of silly yet unfortunate events. Simon gets turned into a donkey, while Scarlett becomes a famous singer cursed with a spell that keeps her from finding anything. Most distressing is that Simon and Scarlett are no longer together. Thanks to the witch's convenient fit of frustration, Scarlett finds herself in possession of the coin. In a scene reminiscent of Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, Scarlett wishes Simon were with her, and he magically turns back into an alligator. A traditional happy-ever-after follows, and readers will already have guessed what lasts forever. Primavera's tale reads like a modernized folk tale, and Park ably captures every emotion in her watercolor-and-ink illustrations. Due to the lengthy series of plot twists, this title is best suited for an older audience. Amusing, but probably not one children will ask for more than once. (Picture book. 5-8)

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    April 1, 2013

    K-Gr 2-Simon and Scarlett, two young alligators from Pokey Marsh, are dear friends; in fact, everyone assumes they'll be married someday. But their ambitions, and a "rotten-to-the-core" witch, divide them. Simon wants to see the world and Scarlett dreams of singing on stage. The witch has no use for love or for either of the gators. Along the way to a happy ending, a giant cypress tree tells a riddle, Scarlett loses her wallet, crabs fall in love, and Simon is turned into a donkey. The cypress tree is reduced to a bare patch of scorched earth. The witch loses a silver dollar. This is not a simple story. In fact, there are so many details and distractions that the intended audience is in question. Park's ink-and-watercolor illustrations are attention-grabbing, awash in color and personality, but they might not succeed in getting five- or six-year-olds to focus on the convoluted plot.-Susan Weitz, formerly at Spencer-Van Etten School District, Spencer, NY

    Copyright 2013 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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