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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.

Bill the crocodile and his toothbrush, Pete the plover, set out to save Bill's cousin, who has been captured ...

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Overview

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.

Bill the crocodile and his toothbrush, Pete the plover, set out to save Bill's cousin, who has been captured along with other endangered animals and taken from Egypt to the Bad Guy's Big Bad Brother's Exotic Animal Farm near New Orleans, Louisiana.

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[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.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Little Jane Allison, William Everett (Bill) Crocodile's cousin, has disappeared from the banks of the Nile in dePaola's third, likable, loony adventure starring crackerjack sleuth Bill and his best pal (and trusty toothbrush), Pete the plover. An eyewitness reports that the diminutive crocodile has been loaded onto a ship in a cage. "It's times like these that I wish your father was here, and not a suitcase," laments Bill's Mama, gazing at a painting of a green valise, labeled "Dad." The winningly melodramatic text and perky, neon-hued art repeatedly serve up similarly droll tidbits, likely to entertain parents as well as youngsters. Bill and Pete, both wearing backpacks, stow away on the ship, which berths in New Orleans. There a throng of friendly 'gators gives Bill a rousing bayou welcome and helps him rescue Little Jane. She happens to be sharing a cage with Bill's father, whooh joy!is not a suitcase after all. Readers will delight in this dynamic duo and will happily accompany them to any continent. Ages 4-8. (Apr.)
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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780698118843
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/2001
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 255,935
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.16 (w) x 10.46 (h) x 0.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Tomie dePaola
Tomie dePaola
Best known for his award-winning picture book Strega Nona and for the 26 Fairmount Avenue series of chapter books, Tomie dePaola is one of the most prolific -- and beloved -- author/illustrators in the field of children's literature.

Biography

Born in 1934 into a large extended Irish/Italian family, Tomie dePaola received his art education at Brooklyn's Pratt Institute and the California College of Arts & Crafts. Although he always wanted to create children's books, he spent several years applying his talents to the fields of education, theater, and graphic design. In the mid-1960s, he received his first commission to illustrate a children's science book. A year later, he published his first original picture book, The Wonderful Dragon of Timlin. Today, he is one of the most prolific -- and beloved -- author/illustrators in children's literature.

In addition to illustrating stories by other writers, DePaola has created artwork for collections of poetry, nursery rhymes, holiday traditions, and folk and religious tales. But, he is most famous for books of his own creation, especially Strega Nona ("Grandma Witch"), the beloved story of an old woman who uses her magical powers to help the people of her small Italian village. Written in 1975, this Caldecott Honor winner is still delighting children today.

DePaola admits that there are strong autobiographical elements in many of his books (Nana Upstairs & Nana Downstairs, The Art Lesson, Stagestruck), but nowhere is this more evident than in 26 Fairmount Avenue, a series of charming chapter books based on his Connecticut childhood. Taking its name from the address of his family home, the series captures the experiences and emotions of a young boy growing up in the late 1930s and early '40s in the shadow of World War II. The first book in the series received a 1999 Newbery Honor Award.

DePaola and his work have been recognized with many honors, including the Smithsonian Medal, the Kerlan Award for "singular attainment in children's literature," the Catholic Library Association's Regina Medal, and several awards from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. In 1999, the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts bestowed on dePaola the Lotte Jacobi Living Treasure Award for the body of his work.

Good To Know

  • Tomie dePaola's name is pronounced Tommy de POW-la.

  • Between college and graduate school, dePaola spent a short time in a Benedictine monastery before determining that religious life was not for him.

  • Using a combination of watercolor, tempera, and acrylic, dePaola's artistic style is best described as folk-traditional.

  • DePaola's favorite painters and strongest artistic influences are Matisse, Giotto, and Ben Shahn.
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    • Anonymous

      Posted March 9, 2009

      Great Book for Bill and Pete Fans!

      My children (8 and 5) really loved this book. They became fans of Bill and Pete when we read the first book. We were very happy to find more stories with these characters. A great addition to any Tomie dePaola library.

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