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Every July, along with the warmth of the summer days in the Northeast, comes a remembering of one of most extraordinary artists I’ve ever had the chance to work with, Fred Marcellino. When Pippin opened its doors in 1998, Fred graced us with a present: he designed our stationery, and it was Fred who put that little bit of color on Zeke Pippin’s cheek.

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If you aren’t familiar with his work, first as a record album cover and jacket designer and then as a Caldecott-winning illustrator, visit the wonderful web site his family has created, where you can find out all about his career and hear his voice on a video as well:   Pulcinella Press.


This July 12th marks the fifteenth anniversary of his death, and we miss him just as much each year. It was a terrible and dark day when we found out he had passed away after a three-year battle with colon cancer. We knew his death had been fast approaching, but we weren’t ready. Nobody could possibly be ready to say goodbye to this elegant artist and friend.

Here are some things that people said about him in a tribute.

During that last year of his life, Fred had finished the story, the sketches, and even painted some of the final art for Arrivederci, Crocodile, the sequel to his bestselling I, Crocodile, the first original book he had ever written and illustrated.

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And now finally, with the help of the legendary editor Caitlyn Dlouhy at Atheneum Books, we have found a way to publish Arrivederci.

Stay tuned for more developments on this happy news.   

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