The Lucky Lizard by Ellen A. Kelley

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Being a little guy is tough, and no one knows this better than Bima, a pet lizard. He sympathizes with the troubles of his eight-year-old owner, Todd, who feels too small for his age, his class, and his new bicycle. It's up to Bima to do his small part and get Todd on two wheels in time for the all-important school Bike Derby.

Written exclusively from Bima's point of view, this is an unusual yet warm and perceptive look at the childhood experiences of overcoming fears, dealing with a bully, and forming a friendship with a good pet.

About Ellen A. Kelley

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Kevin O'Malley was in the fourth grade when he decided to illustrate books for children. He has a wild sense of humor and it comes through loud and clear in his books. In 1992, he made his children's book debut with Froggy Went A-Courting, based on a well known folk ballad. Kevin has illustrated books written by other writers, such as Cinder Edna and Chanukah in Chelm and has worked in animating multimedia displays for clients including the Smithsonian Institution. His latest books range from nonfiction to outrageous humor. Kevin lives in Baltimore, Maryland with his artist wife and two sons.
Published October 23, 2000 by Dutton Juvenile. 96 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Sports & Outdoors, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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Higher is a bad idea, lady."" Then, when a student asks, ""What kind of a lizard is he?"" Bima quips, ""A dizzy lizard!"" But, on a more significant plane, the lizard inadvertently inspires Todd to give his bike a try--and helps him come to terms and make peace with the class bully.

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