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By Dina Fischbein,Illustrated by Bill Crews
5-1/4 x 8-1/4 in; 144 pp; ages 7-11
May 2006 ISBN 9781593541514 ISBN10 1593541511
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Animal Incognitum reads the sign over Raoulino's cage at the Metropolitan Zoo. That means no one knows what kind of animal Raoulino is, least of all Raoulino. He does know that he wants to go homehome to the wonderful little island where he was captured. And his neighbors in the zoo, the cobra and the chuckwalla and the lizard in the next cage, dream of going back to their respective homes. Has any animal (to say nothing of four at one time) ever escaped from the Metropolitan Zoo? There are those who might say it couldn't be done, but where a touch of magic is involved, anything is possible!
In a heart stopping, thrill-a-minute fantasy adventure, Raoulino and his friends discover that while who you are is important, it is what is in your heart that really counts.
Dina Fischbein was born in New York City, and grew up in the Bronx. She received her BA from Hunter College and her MA in creative writing from Queens College. For more than twenty years she taught in the Queens, New York, public school system. Class trips to the zoo were an important part of the curriculum. Today she lives in Queens, New York. Really Raoulino is her first book for children.
Bill Crews, the illustrator of Ten Cows to Texas (Handprint Books), was born in Omaha, Nebraska, and studied at the Central Academy of Commercial Art in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has worked as an art director for a number of advertising agencies, and now lives and works in San Diego, California.
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