There's an Alligator under My Bed

The nightmare's gone, but what about that alligator? You have to be so careful getting in and out of bed! Maybe a midnight snack to lure him into the garage will do the trick. In this funny and beloved follow-up, Mercer Mayer faces another nighttime fear head-on.

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By Brittany (The United States) · ★★★☆☆ · October 02, 2011
I honestly think I liked this book most for its insight into a child’s mind. Children’s minds truly work this way, they do these things and they believe that there is a monster of some kind under their bed. I liked however, that there was a surprise. There was an alligator under the child’s bed,... ...more
By Kim (Tempe, AZ) · ★★★☆☆ · February 15, 2015
There's and Alligator under My Bed, by Mercer Mayer, is a story of a little boy who knows there is an alligator hiding under his bed. He has not seen it, and neither has his parents, but he knows without a doubt that it is there. One night he decides to lead it away with food and traps it in the... ...more
By Anna (The United States) · ★★★☆☆ · January 31, 2015
The common childhood fear of having some sort of monster or animal under the bed comes to life in this story by Mercer Mayer. The main character believes there is an alligator living under his bed, but whenever his parents look it hides, so he has to take measures into his own hands. He laves a t... ...more
By Caitlin (Gilbert, AZ) · ★★★★★ · November 05, 2014
The story "There's an Alligator under my Bed", by Mercer Mayer, is about this little boy that thinks that there is an alligator that is trapped under his bed. When he calls his family into check under the bed they couldn't see any alligator. At the end of the story he finds that there wasn't an a... ...more
By Clara (Fort Worth, TX) · ★★★☆☆ · October 22, 2014
This book follows a boy who finds an alligator under his bed. He gets scared, so he calls to his parents, but they do not believe him and tell him to go to sleep. Since they do not believe him, he takes action into his own hands, and thinks of a way to get rid of the alligator. He gets food from... ...more
By Briana (Pullman, WA) · ★★★☆☆ · April 29, 2014
This was one of my favorite books growing up. I really enjoy this book because it's very simple, and surrounds a common childhood fear of monsters under the bed. As an older, that was a surprise to me, but to a child this plot was no surprise at all, of course the alligator came out to get food!... ...more
By Guadalupe (Rockford, WA) · ★★★★☆ · December 09, 2014
There’s an alligator under my bed by Mayer Mercer
Genre: fiction Reading level: 4-8 ages Format: good

There’s an alligator under my bed is about a little boy who was scared to go to bed because he thought he had an alligator under his bed. Once day he called his mother and father to tell him abou... ...more
By Zoë (Fairfax, VA) · ★★★★☆ · December 29, 2014
So even though I've technically never read this book until now, I still consider it a book of my childhood. Because there's a story behind me and this book. When I was in kindergarten and they had all these books they were giving away at the library, they talked about a couple of them beforehand-... ...more
By Shannon (Lewis Center, OH) · ★★★★☆ · January 28, 2014
This is a book about a boy who thinks there is an alligator under his bed. No one is able to see the alligator but him. It is a good book to prompt discussions about being alone and being afraid of the dark. I think this a cute book to teach cause and effect as the main character "lures" the alli... ...more
By Caitlin · ★★★☆☆ · December 16, 2011
You can see the author/illustrator reading his book, with pans of the illustrations, here:

This is a twist on the monster-under-the-bed scenario-- a young boy is convinced that there is an alligator living under his bed, but when his parents look, the allig... ...more