Meet Critterman, Dallas’ Best Children’s Entertainer

We added some new categories to our Best of Big D issue this year, many of them geared towards families with children. One of these new honorees was Critterman, whom we named the Best Children’s Entertainer.

Intern Kelsy McCraw caught up with Critterman, aka Dave Kleven, to see how an ordinary boy from Minnesota came to delight Dallas-area kids with his exotic animals. Between shows for 100-plus children at the Rockwall County Library with his “Texas Tails” program, which features an American alligator named Steve and a ferret named Slinky, he explained why it takes a kid-at-heart to keep the attention of pint-sized audiences. Here’s the video Kelsy made:

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