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Bill and Pete to the Rescue

Bill and Pete to the Rescue

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When Little Jane Allison Crocodile is kidnapped by the Bad Guy's Big Bad Brother from Louisiana, Bill and his bird buddy Pete head to the rescue. But Pete gets caught by the Rich Lady and it's up to Bill to save the day. Kids and parents everywhere will love Tomie dePaola's hilarious new episode featuring the Egyptian pair's first visit to the United States.

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When Little Jane Allison Crocodile is kidnapped by the Bad Guy's Big Bad Brother from Louisiana, Bill and his bird buddy Pete head to the rescue. But Pete gets caught by the Rich Lady and it's up to Bill to save the day. Kids and parents everywhere will love Tomie dePaola's hilarious new episode featuring the Egyptian pair's first visit to the United States.

[A] full-blown, dramatic plot...fresh in its palette and in its sense of fun. (Booklist, boxed review)

Editorial Reviews

Booklist
[A] full-blown, dramatic plot...fresh in its palette and in its sense of fun.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this third book in the series, the crocodiles find themselves relocated from the banks of the Nile to New Orleans. "Readers will delight in this dynamic duo and will happily accompany them to any continent," said PW. Ages 4-8. (Apr.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
In this reprint of the 1998 edition, Tomie dePaola's inimitable young crocodile Bill and his bird friend Pete set off to rescue Bill's cousin, little Jane Allison, who has been kidnapped by the Bad Guy's Big Brother. They stow aboard a steamship and find themselves in Louisiana, where Antoine Pierre Alligator ("...call me Bubba") and his friends help them storm the gates of the Bad Guy's exotic animal show and rescue the endangered animals. Lo and behold, Bill finds that his father, believed to have been turned into a suitcase by the Bad Guy, has in fact been held prisoner by the Bad Guy's Brother and is very much alive. With the help of the Rich Lady (who has fallen for Pete and luxuriously caged him for a time), all the animals are sent home, where they live "happily ever after." DePaola plays with his signature style, depicting a roaring 20's world in oranges, pinks and greens and emphasizing details, such as the oversized lock on Bill's papa's cage. The result is a whimsical tale that appeals to all who love a happy ending. 2001 (orig. 1978), Puffin, $15.99 and $5.99. Ages 4 to 8. Reviewer:Cherri Jones
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3When readers last saw young crocodile Bill and his best friend/toothbrush Pete the bird in Bill and Pete Go Down the Nile (Putnam, 1987), they had tricked the Bad Guy, who is now in jail. But the Nile isn't safe yet. The Bad Guy's Big Bad Brother, also a crocodile thief, is in town and has captured cousin croc Jane Allison. Bill and Pete go to her rescue, but through a series of misadventures Pete is made a house pet and Bill ends up swimming in a Louisiana bayou with the local `gators. A reunited Bill and Pete team up with the `gators to defeat evil, rescuing the captivesincluding Bill's long lost father. This story line is not as smooth or straightforward as in the earlier title. The many plot twists and turns make it far-fetched, even for a talking-crocodile story. The youngest readers may question the "hows" of Bill's adventure. Still, those who enjoyed the earlier capers will want to read this one. They will certainly recognize the scenes at a glance. The illustrations are the same bordered line-and-wash style found in the previous books, and the characters are typical dePaola.Heide Piehler, Shorewood Public Library, WI
Kirkus Reviews
The adventures of Bill the crocodile and his sidekick Pete the plover (Bill and Pete Go Down the Nile, 1987, etc.) continue with this trans-Atlantic rescue of Bill's little cousin Jane Allison. She's been been kidnapped from her Nile home by the Bad Guy's Big Bad Brother, to be showcased at his Exotic Animal Farm in New Orleans. Bill and Pete get wind of the heist and stow away on the boat transporting Jane Allison. The story gets a little involved: Pete is incarcerated and Bill forms an animal liberation group with some Cajun alligatorsþBubba and his cousinsþwhom he meets in Decatur Bayou. Pete escapes and joins Bill and the new friends in the freeing of Jane Allison and her fellow inmates at the farm. DePaola has laced the story with clever quipsþPete, who has been caught and caged on the top floor of a swanky home, says to himself, "It is lonely up here at the top," and Bill's mother says, "It's times like these that I wish your father was here, and not a suitcase"þand his illustrations are highly amusing. It strains the series to work in that New Orleans backdrop, but readers will still be hoping for another glimpseþon any continentþof Bill and Pete. (Picture book. 4-8)

From the Publisher
"[A] full-blown, dramatic plot...fresh in its palette and in its sense of fun. This picture book offers characters to care about, troubles to confound them, comic relief along the way, and a happy ending to revel in." —Booklist, boxed review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399232084
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/28/1998
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 10.60(h) x 0.41(d)
Lexile:
AD510L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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From the Publisher
"[A] full-blown, dramatic plot...fresh in its palette and in its sense of fun. This picture book offers characters to care about, troubles to confound them, comic relief along the way, and a happy ending to revel in." —Booklist, boxed review

Meet the Author

Tomie dePaola (www.tomie.com) is the acclaimed author and/or illustrator of more than 250 books for children. His books range from autobiographical stories to retellings of folktales and legends to original tales, such as the Strega Nona books.  Tomie has received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, a Caldecott Honor for Strega Nona, and a Newbery Honor for his autobiographical chapter book, 26 Fairmount Avenue.The American Library Association said: “His works reflect an innate understanding of childhood, a distinctive visual style, and a remarkable ability to adapt his voice to perfectly suit the story.” He was awarded the Smithson Medal, the Regina Medal, was designated a “living treasure” by the state of New Hampshire, and received the 2012 Original Art Lifetime Achievement Award given by the Society of Illustrators. He lives in New London, New Hampshire.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Connecticut and New Hampshire
Date of Birth:
September 15, 1935
Place of Birth:
Meriden, CT
Website:
http://www.tomie.com/main.html

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