Princess Cora and the Crocodile
Written by Laura Amy Schlitz
Illustrated by Brian Floca
80 pages – ages 6+
Published by Candlewick Press on March 28, 2017
Synopsis from the Publisher- “Princess Cora is sick of boring lessons. She’s sick of running in circles around the dungeon gym. She’s sick, sick, sick of taking three baths a day. And her parents won’t let her have a dog. But when she writes to her fairy godmother for help, she doesn’t expect that help to come in the form of a crocodile–a crocodile who does not behave properly. With perfectly paced dry comedy, children’s book luminaries Laura Amy Schlitz and Brian Floca send Princess Cora on a delightful outdoor adventure — climbing trees! getting dirty! having fun! — while her alter ego wreaks utter havoc inside the castle, obliging one pair of royal helicopter parents to reconsider their ways.”
What I Thought- I really enjoyed this book. Schlitz has created a fun story about a girl who wants to be herself, and the chaos that allows her to do so. I do like how the crocodile isn’t pushed as a friend of Cora’s, mostly because he does some pretty nasty things (nipping people, chasing people, etc.), but I do like how Cora forgives him. I did cringe a little as the crocodile was running around being awful, but I had to admit that it was a wonderful way to break through the impenetrable shells of Cora’s parents. Floca’s illustrations are fabulous, having an old-fashioned feel, but still modern exuberance permeates the pages.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this awesome book!
I give this book five out of five bookworms!
Categories: Age 6-9