Princess Cora and the Crocodile

By: Laura Amy Schlitz

Illustrator: Brian Floca

A Newbery Medalist and a Caldecott Medalist join forces to give an overscheduled princess a day off—and a deliciously wicked crocodile a day on. Full-color illustrations done in ink, watercolor, and gouache.

ISBN: 9780763648220

JLG Release: Jul 2017


Sensitive Areas: No sensitive areas
Topics: Princesses , Kings, queens, and rulers , Fairy godmothers , Pets , Crocodiles , Swapping roles , Discovering life’s pleasures , Humorous stories

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Awards & Honors

ALSC Notable Children’s Books 2018, Middle
Spring 2017 Kids’ Indies Next List, Top 10
Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2017, Middle Grade
Amazon.com Best Books of 2017, Ages 6–8
Chicago Public Library Best Books of 2017, Fiction for Younger Readers
Los Angeles Public Library Best of 2017: Children’s Books

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Booklist*, The Horn Book Magazine, Publishers Weekly*

Horn Book

Princess Cora’s mother and father have the best intentions. Since being perfect in the eyes of one’s parents doesn’t entirely prepare a girl to be queen, they must train her. “A princess must be wise,” says the queen, forcing only the dullest books upon Cora. “A future queen must be strong!” insists the kin Princess Cora’s mother and father have the best intentions. Since being perfect in the eyes of one’s parents doesn’t entirely prepare a girl to be queen, they must train her. “A princess must be wise,” says the queen, forcing only the dullest books upon Cora. “A future queen must be strong!” insists the king, overseeing Cora’s jump-rope regimen. They even hire a nanny to see to her personal grooming (three baths a day because: “Do you want to smell bad?”). Cora longs for a dog to keep her company. The grownups say no, but her fairy godmother delivers a pet: a crocodile. It’s not a particularly cuddly one (“I bite”), but it is devoted to Cora (“I’ll only bite people you don’t like”), and when the girl decides that a break is what she needs, the crocodile—wearing Cora’s dress and a wig made from a mop—takes her place. Seven spry chapters detail Cora’s much-needed day off and the crocodile’s humorous attempts to impersonate her. Copious ink, watercolor, and gouache illustrations are both delicate in their sensibility (the way princesses often are in classic tales) and witty in their execution (i.e., the crocodile is very poorly disguised). By the end, Cora’s parents—who are actually quite progressive in their beliefs about queens’ powers—have seen the error in their methods, with only minimal biting required. elissa gershowitz

Book Details

ISBN

9780763648220

First Release

July 2017

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

6 7/8" x 9 1/4"

Page Count

80

Accelerated Reader

Level 0; Points: 0;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

Lexile

Level 590L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Candlewick

Potentially Sensitive Areas

No sensitive areas

Topics

Princesses, Kings, queens, and rulers, Fairy godmothers, Pets, Crocodiles, Swapping roles, Discovering life’s pleasures, Humorous stories,

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