ARRIVEDERCI, CROCODILE by Fred Marcellino
Kirkus Star

ARRIVEDERCI, CROCODILE

Or See You Later, Alligator
Age Range: 4 - 8
BUY NOW FROM
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

This sequel to Marcellino’s I, Crocodile (1999) follows the reptile as he emerges from hiding in the sewers of Paris to stow away on his former captor’s Venice-bound caravan.

The backstory—in which Napoleon snatched the crocodile out of Egypt—is summarized on the first page. While the emperor is busy looting Venetian palaces, the protagonist realizes: “This town was made for a crocodile!” Between the ease of travel through the canals and the scent of “ragù alla Bolognese,” he is enraptured. Following his nose, he encounters masked revelers who delight in the authenticity of his costume and invite him to lunch—and a ball. Suspense builds when the crocodile’s nemesis appears just as the hero is drawn into a “catchy mazurka” with “a rather forward young lady” (ultimately, the crocodile’s champion). Marcellino wrote the sparkling, witty, first-person narrative; created a dummy; and finished some watercolors before his untimely death in 2001. French illustrator Puybaret was recently invited to pick up the mantle. While each artist’s style is unique, their toylike figures and complex architectural settings are simpatico, allowing Puybaret to honor the original style while remaining true to his own. The result is a seamless story as hilarious and high spirited as the first. The subtle coloring is artful; the pacing—constructed with thought bubbles, insets, and dramatic double spreads—is perfect.

Venice’s Grand Canal is a splendid stage for this smooth reptilian operator. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 10th, 2019
ISBN: 978-1-5344-0401-4
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Caitlyn Dlouhy/Atheneum
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 2019




MORE BY FRED MARCELLINO

ChildrenOUCH! by Natalie Babbitt
by Natalie Babbitt
ChildrenTHE STORY OF LITTLE BABAJI by Helen Bannerman
by Helen Bannerman
ChildrenPELICAN CHORUS by Edward Lear
by Edward Lear
ChildrenTHE STEADFAST TIN SOLDIER by Hans Christian Andersen
by Hans Christian Andersen

MORE BY ERIC PUYBARET

ChildrenCLOUD CHASER by Anne-Fleur Drillon
by Anne-Fleur Drillon
ChildrenALICE IN WONDERLAND by Lewis Carroll
by Lewis Carroll
ChildrenHOW DEEP IS THE OCEAN? by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld