BookTrust has picked Alan’s Big, Scary Teeth by Jarvis for this year’s Bookstart Treasure Pack, sent to pre-schoolers aged 3-4 across the country.
Around 600,000 copies will be sent to children in nurseries and children’s centres from January 2017, along with a booklet about how children and parents can read together.
Alan’s Big, Scary Teeth, published in February, is about an alligator who keeps his false teeth a secret from the other animals. But when his teeth go missing, he wonders how the other creatures will react.
Deirdre McDermott, picture book publisher at Walker, said: “As soon as we saw Alan soaking his scales in his swamp, teeth all grin and sparkle like a toothpaste commercial, we knew we were on to a winner. Alan is fiercely likeable – a goofy reptile just trying to find his place in the world (like all of us, really) – and we couldn’t be more thrilled that BookTrust share our passion for his story.”
Jarvis’ next picture book with Walker, Mrs Mole, I’m Home!, will be published in April 2017.