Trosclair and the Alligator: A book about the Louisiana Bayou
Trosclair and the Alligator by children’s author and poet Peter Huggins is nothing short of captivating. The perfect book for young explorers who want to understand settings they may not have had a chance to visit, this book offers up an eye on the Bayou and life there.
Meet Trosclair—a boy who loves adventure and finds plenty of it exploring the areas around his home in the swamps of Louisiana. Along with his dog, Ollie, Trosclair sets out for the day to find turtle eggs. He has been warned by his father to stay away from Bee Island Swamp (likely based on Honey Island Swamp), the new home of Gargantua, a giant alligator. Bee Island Swamp, though, has the very best turtle eggs, and Trosclair knows it.
A wonderful read that will introduce young children and their parents alike to the world of the Louisiana Bayou, Trosclair and the Alligator is a must-read, not only for its charming cultural lessons, and for its warning to children to obey their parents, who really do have their best interests at heart.
Trosclair finds trouble
Spoiler alert: Trosclair goes to Bee Island Swamp, against his father’s warnings, and takes Ollie along for the ride. The pair ends up in a tree—and in horrible trouble—as Gargantua, the alligator, a beast twice as big as Trosclair’s father, circles the tree waiting for a meal.
We won’t give the ending away, but Trosclair must think quickly and use his adventurer’s skills to get himself and his pup out of a very sticky situation.
Trosclair and the Alligator is not only well written by Huggins, but beautifully illustrated by Lindsey Gardiner, a Scottish artist and author who uses elements of collage and water-color to bring a welcoming and dapper look to the work that children are sure to enjoy.
So, we’ve thoroughly enjoyed young Trosclair’s adventures in the Bayou and we love a happy ending, but we’re curious… what adventures did you enjoy as a child that turned out better than they should have? Let us know in your comments below.