The award was founded in 2018 by The Alligator’s Mouth in partnership with The Bright Agency with the aim of championing and celebrating highly-illustrated fiction for children aged 6-8-years-old. Book wholesalers Gardners joined the prize as an official partner in 2019.
Rex is king of the dinosaurs: carnivores want to be him and herbivores want to be eaten by him...That is, until a pesky Ice Age comes along and he winds up frozen solid in a glacier. When he wakes up, 65 million years later, human beings rule the roost - and if they get their hands on Rex, he'll wind up in a zoo. (Or, worse: a MUSEUM.)Lucky for him, Rex isn't the only undercover creature in town. He's whisked out of danger by the one and only Bigfoot, who has been surviving among the humans undetected for years. Bigfoot and his friends show Rex how to get by in the humans' world, and soon there's only one thing left for him to do: GET A JOB. But that's easier said than done ... and with a meddling nine-year-old neighbour to deal with, and the constant risk of discovery, life couldn't be harder for a dinosaur in disguise.
- Browns Books Synopsis
The Alligator’s Mouth Award is a children’s book prize for highly illustrated early fiction, set up by The Alligator’s Mouth bookshop and The Bright Agency. The award, returning for a fourth year, celebrates the best books for readers aged 6-8, and champions authors and illustrators.