“Frogs croak all night, but alligators don’t have to make noise to feel important. A charming story, beautifully illustrated, with something to think about for all those frantically pursuing their 15 minutes of fame”.

~Caldecott Honor Medal winner Eric Kimmel


“Jayne Moraski’s original tale, How Alligator Got His Smile Back, has all the charm and heart of Kipling’s beloved Just So Stories and deserves a spot on the same shelf. A classic in the making by this new writing talent.”

~C L Clickard


“Ms. Moraski’s  well penned story between an alligator and a frog overflows with vital information about coastal habitat, and species classifications, making  How Alligator Got His Smile Back a must have in all science classrooms. The story is a fresh twist on the African folktale about the bragging crocodile. The illustrations by award-winning illustrator, Carl Kocich, grab and hold of your attention as you move through each page.”

~Nicole Weaver: Award winning trilingual children’s author,

a Literary Classics Gold Award and Seal of Approval