I, Crocodile

by Fred Marcellino

Other authorsFred Marcellino (Illustrator)
Hardcover, 1999

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HarperCollins (1999), Edition: 1st, 40 pages


An Egyptian crocodile, with a big ego and a big appetite, is taken to Paris in 1799 by Napoleon Bonaparte.

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LibraryThing member yarb
Comical memoir of a charismatic croc, detailing his tribulations at the hands of Napoleon and subsequent revenge on Paris society. Full of delectable dandyish vocab which compels exuberance when reading aloud.
LibraryThing member rturba
Genre: Fantasy
Media: water color
Age Appropriateness: Primary
Plot: person(animal) against society
Characterization: The crocodile is a flat and static character. He has one goal in life, to eat. Amidst everything that happens to him the only thing he can think of is to eat and what to eat. We know
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nothing about him except that he likes to eat and he does not change throughout the book.
Review: This is a good book of Fantasy because Crocodiles do not talk. However, the historical aspect of the story, with Napoleon, makes it very believalbe.
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LibraryThing member lquilter
A crocodile is taken from Egypt by Napoleon, and turned into a Parisian entertainment. When the crocodile fad passes, the beast escapes into the sewers and provides its entertainment (and food) from among the Parisians.

Grown-ups will appreciate this book on a different level than kids -- the
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Napoleonic history and the mordant humor. In fact, I'm not sure exactly how well this book works for the picture-book crowd, but it's definitely entertaining in a Shel Silverstein-kind of way for the adult parents.
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LibraryThing member jpons
I, Crocodile was a story about a happy crocodile who lived in Egypt. He was very lazy and spoiled. He never had to work for his meals and he had a variety of a diet. On August 17, 1799 Napoleon came to Egypt and captured the wild crocodile. After two weeks of sailing the crocodile arrived in Paris.
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His new home was in a fountain. The crocodile did not mind because he was the center of attention. However, the attention did not last long for the crocodile. After awhile Napoleon decided to kill the crocodile and eat him for dinner. On the day the crocodile was supposed to be killed Napoleon had a ballooning mishap. Crocodile used this to his advantage to escape. He crawled through a sewer hole and lived in the sewers. This book is a great example of fantasy because crocodiles cannot talk. However, the use of history and Napoleon can make this book a little believable.
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LibraryThing member emilyann93
This story is told through the Crocodile's point of view. He lives in Egypt but is shipped to France to be in a different exhibit. When he was back at home he was loving all the attention that he was getting but where he is now, he misses the food he used to eat and how he was treated. When the
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people stopped being interested in his performance, he stopped what he was doing because he was going to become dinner. He lived in the sewers in Paris and the new diet he was on was going to eat people. I don't think this would be appropriate to read to small children because they might get scared of the alligator eating people.
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LibraryThing member AmandaLK
Summary: A crocodile narrates his journey from living the life in Egypt to being hauled off by Napolean as a trophy rom his conquest. He mostly focuses on food, but obviously is enamoured then disillusioned with being a trophy. Under threat of being eaten himself, he escapes to the Parisian sewers.
LibraryThing member MaowangVater
Lounging around on his comfortable mudbank in Egypt, a self-satisfied crocodile is suddenly netted up and carried away to France. The Emperor Napoleon has ordered him placed on display in Paris as a trophy! At first all the attention is nice, but what’s a hungry crocodile to eat in this strange
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It’s a wickedly funny tale delightfully illustrated by the author.
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