First that dastardly Napoleon kidnapped Crocodile from his beloved Egypt, then he dragged him to Paris to be gawked at, and THEN he tried to eat him! Luckily our dear croc escaped, but while Parisian life may be glamorous, life in Paris’s sewers is not. If only Napoleon had taken Crocodile to a more aquatic reptile–friendly city. Perhaps one with an excess of canals and better food… “NAPOLEON TO TOUR ITALY: FIRST STOP, VENICE” Surely Napoleon wouldn’t mind if Crocodile hitched a ride out of Paris… Will our crocodile find his perfect home amongst Italian high-society? Or will he be revealed as an impasta? Pack away your pasta—Crocodile is heading to Italy in this long-awaited sequel to Fred Marcellino’s award-winning I, Crocodile.
Fred Marcellino’s picture books include <em>Puss in Boots</em>, a Caldecott Honor Book; <em>The Steadfast Tin Soldier</em>, an ALA <em>Booklist</em> Children’s Editors’ Choice; and <em>The Pelican Chorus</em>, one of <em>School Library Journal’s</em> Best Books of the Year.<p>His most recent books, <em>The Story of Little Babaji</em> and <em>Ouch!</em> are both ALA Notable Children’s Books.<p><strong>Dancing By the Light of the Moon: The Art of Fred Marcellino</strong> will open on November 9, 2002 and run through January 26, 2003 at The Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. This is a comprehensive show of more than 150 pieces highlighting his children’s book career, and the first museum retrospective honoring the artistic accomplishments of this remarkable artist. For more information visit, The Norman Rockwell Museum website.