PreS-K—Join Aaron the Alligator in this whimsical tale by Eastman, which has been adapted into a Step 1 easy reader. Aaron is a playful alligator who greatly enjoys adventures with his friends. Whether he is playing hide-and-seek, throwing around a football, or picking apples, Aaron finds a way to place his own humorous and creative spin on these friendly games. As in his other books, Eastman has created simple yet adorably expressive characters who resonate well with children. He adeptly uses white space and pictures drawn in a childlike style to allow emerging readers to decode words and directions. Also, questions to readers make this a solid option for a read-aloud, particularly during the autumn months. VERDICT A fine addition to a school or public library.