Bill and Pete to the Rescue

by Tomie dePaola (Author) Tomie dePaola (Illustrator)

Bill and Pete to the Rescue
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

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.

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Publishers 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 Publishers Weekly Used with permission.

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"[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
Tomie dePaola
Tomie dePaola was born in Meriden, Connecticut, in 1934, to a family of Irish and Italian background. His determination to create books for children led to a BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and an MFA from the California College of Arts & Crafts in Oakland, California. His particular way with color, line, detail, and design have earned him many of the most prestigious awards in his field, among them a Caldecott Honor Award for Strega Nona, the Smithsonian Medal, the Kerlan Award from the University of Minnesota for his "singular attainment in children's literature," the Catholic Library Association's Regina Medal for his "continued distinguished contribution," and the University of Southern Mississippi Medallion. He was also the 1990 United States nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for illustration, and received the Children's Literature Legacy Award for lifetime contribution to children's literature in 2011.
DePaola has published almost 200 children's books in 15 different countries over the past 30 years. Among his most well-known titles are the Strega Nona series, 26 Fairmount Avenue, and The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush.
DePaola lives in an interesting house in New Hampshire with his four dogs. His studio is in a large renovated 200-year-old barn.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Puffin Books
Publication date
April 20, 2001
Picture Puffin Books
BISAC categories
JUV000000 - Juvenile Fiction | General
Library of Congress categories
Endangered species
Bill (Fictitious character: De Paola)
Pete (Fictitious character: De Paola)

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