Princess Cora and the Crocodile – Laura Amy Schlitz, illustrated by Brian Floca


  Princess Cora and the Crocodile – Laura Amy Schlitz, illustrated by Brian Floca, Candlewick, (9780763648220), 2017

Format: Hardcover Picture book

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

What did you like about the book? When Princess Cora was born, her parents were thrilled but very concerned about raising her to be a Queen. By the age of seven Princess Cora was having three baths per day (to stay clean), studying boring books about how to run a kingdom under her mother’s tutelage and jumping rope with her father in the old prison. Her life was a nightmare.   In desperation she writes to her fairy godmother for a pet to keep her company. What her fairy godmother sends is a huge impudent crocodile. Together they hatch a plan to have the crocodile dress up in her clothes while the princess is finally free to do whatever she wants for the entire day. The delightful, enigmatic crocodile reigns supreme over the nanny, the queen and the king. All, of course, works out for the best with Princess Cora finally getting the life she needs and deserves with a dog – and the crocodile. Brian Floca’s illustrations done in ink, watercolor and gouache could not do a better job of showing us Princess Cora’s before and after life.

Anything you did not like about this book? Perfect.

To whom would you recommend this book? This would make a wonderful selection for storytime.

Who should buy this book? Public and lower elementary school libraries and day-care centers

Where would you shelve it? Picture books or beginning chapter books.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Moderator, Youth Services Book Review

Date of review: 5/23/2017

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