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Tommie dePaola is one of our favorite author-illustrators of children's books, and the original "Bill and Pete" book is our favorite of his books (even more than "Strega Nona"!). His comical illustration of crocodile Bill climbing the wall of the Bad Guy's house never fails to get a giggle from my kids. Plus, my husband has created the most wonderfully silly voices for the unlikely heroes -- and for the villainous Bad Guy - such that even their recitations of the alphabet become BIG GIGGLY FUN.
So we were excited to find out that there were not one, but two more books in the series! This being one of them!
Alas, like the "Strega Nona" sequels, "Bill and Pete Go Down the Nile" suffers from sequelitis: a little contrived, with good characterizations in search of an equally good story, falling short with a predictable plot involving a field trip on Egyptian history complete with sphinx jokes and t.p. mummies and all the rest of it. Nothing as fun as the wry crocodile skin suitcase jokes of the original.
But who cares! We didn't -- well, not too much. This book was an excuse for hearing those silly voices again, and that was enough for us.
This book is a recommended story in the Ancient Egypt Chapter 2 section of Story of the World. I bought it never having read it because it's Tomie dePaola. It's a cute little story about a crocodile named Bill and his toothebrush Pete. They go on a class trip down the Nile to see the sights of Egypt, inuding the stinks (Sphinx, lol). It is a little disjointed in the introduction of the "bad guy", but over all the story is cute without being overly long. It's a simple, short read meant for elementary school.
We bought this book to go along with some homeschool lessons about Ancient Egypt. I found it a lot of fun to read aloud to my children. It also provided some great points to take time to learn about actual Egyptian history and geography.
This wonderfully illustrated book continues the adventures of a young Nile crocodile and his toothbrush, Pete (a bird). This is the second of a Bill and Pete series but is a standalone adventure that brings in mummies and a museum caper. I love passing this book along to young children, partly because I am an archaeologist who has worked in Egypt.
This was a favorite book my children enjoyed having read to them. Love the rhyming of the story, gives good life lessons. Illustrations are great. A huge favorite of mine, just saying the name of the book Makes me smile
This is one of the cutest kids books I've read with my kids lately. It helps teach about ancient Egypt in a not so boring as a textbook way. Books like this get my son excited about what he is learning in history.