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Bill And Pete To The Rescue (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

Press: Turtleback Books; Bound for Schools & Libraries ed. edition (April 23, 2001)
Publication Date:2001-4
ISBN:9780613861892
Author Name:dePaola, Tomie
Pages:48
Language:English

Content

FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. 
Bill the crocodile and 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.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 3AWhen 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 captivesAincluding 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.AHeide Piehler, Shorewood Public Library, WICopyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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From 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 alligatorsBubba and his cousinswhom 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 quipsPete, 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''and his illustrations are highly amusing.
It strains the series to work in that New Orleans backdrop, but readers will still be hoping for another glimpseon any continentof Bill and Pete.
(Picture book.
4-8) -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP.
All rights reserved.

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Review

"[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

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About 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.

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Children's Books,Animals,Alligators & Crocodiles,Birds,Literature & Fiction

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Comment List (Total:12)

  •     Great condition and exactly right for my nephew. The bad guy is actually called The Bad Guy. Subtly educational and much more interesting than the regular I-Can-Read books. His parents don't mind reading it every night!

  •     My three year old son enjoyed this book so much I went to the library and took out, Bill & Pete Go Down the Nile & Bill & Pete To The Rescue.

  •     I LOVE BILL AND PETE AND I AM 52 YEARS OLD! What charming, timeless books. Every parent should make Tomie dePaola a standard in their child's library.

  •     My 3 year old daughter got this book as a birthday gift and she loved it! The book introduces kids to the issues of endangered species, and through Bill and Pete's action it...

  •     I don't know what I liked most about this book -- the sly, dry humor or the wonderfully naive illustrations.

  •     Bill and Pete are the boys' favorite and this one encourages me to use my nascent Southern accent. Love Tomie DePaola and love Bill & Pete.

  •     A classic tale of good versus evil, this book is a touching story about the things people (or crocodiles) will do for their family. It teaches that no matter how different you may be with your relatives, you are still family and should help each other.Bill and Pete go all the way from Egypt to the United States to rescue Bill's cousin, Jane Allison. Many mishaps occur, but all is well at the end of the story. There is also a suprise ending, but you have to read the book to find out. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a little family-oriented adventure.

  •     It's been a pleasure to share these stories with our children and now our grandchildren!

  •     Bought to cheer up a 30 yr old who had grown up with, and loved, Bill and Pete Go Down the Nile - it worked!! He, his younger brother, and I loved the story and the illustrations. How can a drawing of a crocodile show so much love?!

  •     A friend from church enjoys reading dePaola books to her two year old granddaughter.

  •     Love the stories about Bill & Pete! Tomie de Paula has a great sense of humor!Keep writing! My students enjoy your sense of humor.

  •     I am shopping for books for my little baby nephew, hes only 8 months old, but for his first birthday i am getting him lots of books.

 

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