Best Selling Books by Elise Parsley

Elise Parsley is the author of It's Tummy Time! (2023), If You Ever Want to Bring a Circus to the Library, Don't! (2017), Neck & Neck (2018), If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don't! (2015) and other 3 books.

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It's Tummy Time!

release date: Feb 28, 2023
It's Tummy Time!
Celebrate babies' daily exercise with this exuberant board book from a New York Times bestselling children's book creator! Play time. Game time. Nap time. Tummy time! All ages of family members will want to recite this jaunty, infectious verse during pediatrician-recommended "tummy time," the minimum of three to five minutes two or three times per day that newborns should rest on their tummy to build neck, arm, and torso muscles. This fun exploration of babies' daily activities, accompanied by bright and witty illustrations of a diverse range of babies and families, is a must-have for all new parents and infants as they develop strong, healthy bodies. Don't miss these other titles by Elise Parsley: How to Catch a Clover Thief Neck & Neck If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don't!

If You Ever Want to Bring a Circus to the Library, Don't!

release date: May 02, 2017
If You Ever Want to Bring a Circus to the Library, Don't!
The third book in the bestselling MAGNOLIA SAYS DON'T! series is another loud and cautionary tale of what not to do--this time, at the library! If you see a poster that says "You Can Do Anything at the Library!", it is NOT giving you permission to put on a circus! But Magnolia doesn't see any problem with setting up her own big top. She's got a lot of gusto and one mean human cannonball routine. So what if her greatest show on Earth won't fit between bookshelves? Elise Parsley's boldly expressive illustrations perfectly complement this mostly-librarian-approved guide on how to be everything BUT quiet in the library!

Neck & Neck

release date: Jun 05, 2018
Neck & Neck
In this crowd-pleasing read-aloud from the creator of the bestselling If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don't!, a giraffe's self-esteem is tested during a hilarious confrontation between unlikely look-alikes! Everybody loves Leopold the giraffe. He inspires awe and wonder. His adoring fans gaze and cheer. Best of all, they feed him lots of deeeelicious snacks! But, one day, a shiny, bobble-headed new rival comes in and ruins everything...a giraffe-shaped balloon! Just how far will Leopold go to prove that he's the hero of the zoo? Readers learn that actions speak far louder than looks in this laugh-out-loud face-off from Elise Parsley--the New York Times bestselling creator of the Magnolia Says DON'T! series.

If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don't!

release date: Jul 07, 2015
If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don't!
This unforgettable introduction to a charismatic kid heroine also marks the dazzling debut of an extraordinary new artistic talent! Note to self: If your teacher tells you to bring something from nature for show-and-tell, she does not want you to bring an alligator! But nothing will stop Magnolia, who's determined to have the best show-and-tell of all--until her reptilian rapscallion starts getting her into some major trouble. Now it's up to Magnolia to find a way to send this troublemaker home--but what could possibly scare an alligator away?

If You Ever Want to Bring a Pirate to Meet Santa, Don't!

release date: Oct 16, 2018
If You Ever Want to Bring a Pirate to Meet Santa, Don't!
The fourth book in the New York Times-bestselling Magnolia Says DON'T! series that started with If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don't! is another loud and cautionary tale of what not to do...when you visit Santa. If your dad says you're going to meet a bearded guy with a red suit and a bag full of treasures...he is not talking about meeting a pirate! But Magnolia has already invited the misbehaving swashbuckler to jump in line to meet Santa. So what if pirates are on the Naughty List? She'll just teach this one to change his scurvy ways--no plundering or sword-fighting or plank-walking allowed! Plus, Santa is happy to hear everyone's wish list. Right? It's YO HO HO versus HO HO HO in this rowdy and raucous holiday guide on how not to meet Santa, from Elise Parsley, the bestselling creator of If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, DON'T!

How to Catch a Clover Thief

release date: Jan 01, 2021
How to Catch a Clover Thief
"When a wild boar with a passion for clover discovers a rare patch in the woods, he is determined to patiently stand guard until it blooms-but he is not the only clover enthusiast in the forest, and it takes reading a good book for him to figure out the mystery"--

If You Ever Want to Bring a Piano to the Beach, Don't!

release date: May 03, 2016
If You Ever Want to Bring a Piano to the Beach, Don't!
Elise Parsley's tale of the charismatic and willful Magnolia's disastrous trip to the beach follows up her New York Times bestselling debut, If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don't! If your mom says to get ready to play at the beach, she means with a boat, or a Frisbee, or a shovel. She is NOT talking about the piano. But Magnolia is a little girl with a big idea, determination, and one very heavy upright piano that, she insists, she needs to take with her. What's the worst that can happen? In a riotous series of mishaps, Magnolia quickly learns that--not surprisingly--a piano doesn't mix well with sand, sun, and seagulls!
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