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****I, Crocodile

by Fred Marcellino

Reviewed July 7, 2004.
Michael Di Capua Books (HarperCollins), New York, 1999.  32 pages.
Available at Sembach Library (E MAR).
Sonderbooks Stand-out 2004, #9, Picture Books

I’m afraid our children’s book contract is in danger of not being renewed, so I need to fall back on reviewing one of my older favorites from the library shelves.

Here’s the wickedly funny story of a crocodile of the Nile.  His happy life in Egypt, where crocodiles were once worshiped, is disrupted when Napoleon invades and decides to bring the crocodile back to Paris.

In Paris, the crocodile is a star—for awhile.  When fashions change, the crocodile’s life not only gets boring, it soon is at risk of being shortened.  His solution will delight readers.

Half the delight of this book is the perfect illustrations and Fred Marcellino’s wonderful depictions of snooty Parisians and emotions on faces of people and animals.  Better read this only to kids old enough to no longer worry about the possibility of crocodiles under their beds.  However, those who have passed that crucial milestone will love it.

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