Tongue Twisters

Allison's Alligator

A Tongue Twister Tale
S. E. Schlosser

Alex alligator arrived at Allison Arthur's apple farm in April, when the apple trees were covered with blossoms.

"Whatever am I to do with an alligator?" Allison asked.

Inside the box, Alex yawned. Alex stuck his legs through the holes at the bottom of the box and ambled into the house in search of dinner.

"Oh no you don't!" cried Allison. "You cannot live in the house. You are to stay in the stream behind the apple orchard."

Allison put Alex in the small stream. Then Allison put a strong fence around the stream so Alex did not try to eat Mrs. Chory's chickens.

Alex liked the stream and his pen. He especially liked the steaks Allison gave him every morning and evening.

One day in August a red apple fell off a tree and rolled under the fence and into Alex's pen. Alex sniffed it a bit and then took a bite.

It was the most delicious thing Alex had ever eaten. Alex slipped under the fence and ambled into the apple orchard. Alex found a line of baskets sitting under a tree. Alex ate all the apples in the baskets. Then he wandered under another tree and ate all the apples in the baskets he found there. He was very happy. And very full. He went back into his cage.

Allison came by later with his steak. Alex sniffed at it, but he was not very hungry.

"Do you know what someone did Alex?" asked Allison. Alex yawned. "Someone stole all my apples. They knocked over the baskets and stole the apples. If it happens again, I'm calling the police."

That night, Alex had a very pleasant dream about apples. After his steak the next morning, Alex slipped under the fence and out into the orchard. There were a bunch of people climbing up and down ladders with baskets. Alex watched for a few moments. Then he realized that when the people came down the ladders, their baskets were full of apples.

Alex wandered over to the closest ladder. A small girl descended with a basket full of apples. Alex grinned at her. The little girl screamed and dropped the basket. She ran away, yelling for her mother. Alex stuck his head in the basket and began eating apples. He heard voices coming towards him.

"Now April, you know what I've said about fibbing. There are no alligators in this orchard." said April's mother. Alex pulled his head out of the basket and grinned at April's mother.

"Ahhhh!" she screamed. April and her mother ran away as fast as they could.

Alex walked over to another tree. A man was climbing down the ladder. He stepped on Alex's back. Alex grunted and tried to walk away. The man looked down at Alex and yelped. The man dropped his basket and ran toward the house. Alex ate all the apples in his basket.

Just then, Allison came running into the orchard.

"Alex!" she yelled. Alex took one look at Allison and bolted back into his pen. Allison followed him.

"So you're the one who ate all my apples." she said. "I'd better fix your cage."

Once Alex's cage was fixed, he could no longer go into the apple orchard. Alex stared longingly at the trees full of apples.

At dinner time, Allison brought Alex a steak as usual.

"You are a bad boy, Ales," she said. "But I can't blame you for liking apples. I brought you a surprise."

Allison went outside the cage, and picked up a basket. It was full of apples! Alex ate all the apples before he ate his steak.

Allison laughed. "I'll bring you apples every night Alex," she said. That is exactly what Allison did.




taz a nice story not scary but nice i love the name of the alligator and also apples

lol everything begins with A's exept the steak XD

i liked the story and it was a tongue twister

that was a good story i liked it

I really did enjoy reading this little story it was very goood

cool and fast

I liked your story. April screamed like a little girl, which she is. All A's for this for this story.

Very great story. It is very funny.

Very great story. Funny Story.

It wasnt funny at all!!
but good story.

nice story... i like it !!!



there needs to be a way to print just the story

that was a nice story. when i saw it i read it. me and my mom was having a sick day and she wanted me to read a story to her befor she took her nap.we liked it and im 10

very nice story, I'll give it to my students to read


good 4 kids ♥

It was spectactular

that's great story. i really like it,,,

i love the story it helped my brother go to sleep

this is a wonderfull story, my kids really liked it...thanq very much..!

i love this story... and apples!

i like apples too :)

it was nice lol good for kids

i hope there is a number two!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

i like apples and i like the alligator and all the people in it

hahaha that funny :)

that a great big story and a funny story

Crazy cool and fun all at the same time!

i really liked it there should be a number two



It's the best! It was interesting!

i liked it . it was very funny .also it wasn't that much of a tongue-twister for me.but definitely good ,yeah really good !!!

weird story bot u must likkeeeeeeee! :p :( :) 8)

awsome story. wish i ahd an aligator

good story i liked it alot. :) and i hope there is another one!!!!

lol that was funny


haha funny

Good story

Good story I liked it <3

good story;)

I read it in a I'm scared!


it was great and i also love eating apple

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About the Author: S.E. Schlosser

S.E. Schlosser is the author of the Spooky Series by Globe Pequot Press, as well as the Ghost Stories deck by Random House.  She has been telling stories since she was a child, when games of "let's pretend" quickly built themselves into full-length tales acted out with friends. A graduate of both Houghton College and the Institute of Children's Literature, Sandy received her MLS from Rutgers University while working as a full-time music teacher and a freelance author. Read more

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