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I, Crocodile Library Binding – Oct 1999

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  • Library Binding: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Di Capua Books (Oct. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062051997
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062051998
  • Product Dimensions: 28.6 x 0.9 x 25.4 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,515,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An Egyptian crocodile, with a big ego and a big appetite, is taken to Paris in 1799 by Napoleon Bonaparte. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Aye, Crocodile 30 Nov. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Incoming rave review.
Most children's classics have either a terrific story, or a terrific main character, or terrific illustrations. I, Crocodile has all three.
The story is, as they say, high-concept. (Disney and Dreamworks ought to consider it for animation.) See, the dreamy life of this crocodile on the banks of the Nile is rudely interrupted by Napoleon, who....well, you have to read the book. It has huge entertainment value for kids, and wit that will motivate an adult to read it aloud enthusiastically even on the thirty-seventh time around. (There will be a thirty-seventh time.)
As for the beast himself, he's the greatest crocodile since Lewis Carroll's. Even bigger. (Of his own reptile, Carroll wrote, "How doth the little crocodile...." Marcellino's has a heartier appetite.)
The illustrations are spectacular. They're rich with surprise, color, and beauty. They reach the level of art without a trace of self-consciousness.
I, Crocodile is full of life. It whisks you along so absorbingly, you're hardly conscious of turning the pages. You may already know that Fred Marcellino has, for years, been one of the preeminent children's illustrators. He's now, in a single stroke, one of the preeminent children's authors as well.
If there's a child in your life, I, Crocodile is a must-have book. If there's no child in your life, you might want to order it anyway. The simulated crocodile-skin cover, alone, is worth the price of admission.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Best Children's Books 13 Mar. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I am an Elementary School library teacher and book lover. I teach library and computer skills to little kids. "I Crocodile" ranks with the greatest of the great. I'm ordering 2 copies. One is for a 3rd grader as a reward for reading books during our Book-A-Thon. The other one is a gift for my brother, a poet, who has a ph.D. in creative writing and literature. This is a book which easily will bring chortles and laughs from both.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A real treat for children AND parents alike 8 Aug. 2002
By Catherine S. Vodrey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Fred Marcellino's "I, Crocodile" is the wonderful tale of a crocodile who happens to be minding his own business in Egypt when Napoleon comes bustling through. Determined to take anything back to France that will emphasize his strength, he snaps up the croc and deposits him in a cage in gay Paree! The crocodile, discomfited at first, soon finds that Parisian life agrees with him handsomely. He's the toast of the social set, who all begin doing crocodile-inspired dances. But when the glare of newfound fame wears off and when the local chefs begin to eye him as inspiration for a crocodile-filled pie, our croc hero turns the tables on the social set, with the consequences you might expect.
Fred Marcellino invests his crocodile with all sorts of endearing qualities. What an expressive face--and such facile body language! He is, by turns, shy, enraged, lazy, embarrassed, and more. This is the most emotionally available crocodile you'll ever see in a children's book. And the ending is perfectly in keeping with the crocodile's basic nature. Lots of fun for children, and sophisticated enough to keep the parents equally entertained.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful illustrations, but a sinister story that MIGHT alarm younger readers 11 Dec. 2006
By heathhansn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
There is a sophisticated, funny tone to the storytelling with lots of facinating locations and situations. The illustrations are absolutely wonderful.

I would caution parents that the central character in this book is a enthusiatic carnivore that describes in detail his favorite "meals", which just happen to live animals. Eventually, he realizes that living amongst man opens his world up to a whole new "dining" experience.

"He ate the lady!" shrieked my four-year-old. While I think Amazon's age range is approriate, and I think this is an enjoyable book, be aware that death and hunting are central themes of the story.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Delightfully refreshing! 31 July 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
My 3-year-old loved this book and so did I. The illustrations are beautiful, and I love the fact that the story uses advanced vocabulary words you never see in a children's book, like 'delectable' and 'fetid.' Such a refreshing change of pace from simplistic kids' stories. I disagree with the reviewer who said the ending is inappropriate for children. I explained to my son that although it might be shocking that the crocodile ate a person, he stated earlier in the book that he refrained from eating people because people respected his ancestors. This is what happens when you don't respect nature, I explained. He thought that was a perfectly reasonable consequence! I highly recommend this book if you want a change of pace from typical children's books.
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