Review! Princess Cora and the Crocodile by Laura Amy Schlitz

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

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6 replies

  1. Hurray for Princess Cora! The illustrations look great as well. Kids will love this.

  2. Sounds like a fun read! Great review, Erik!

  3. Sounds like a fun book, E. I think having a crocodile in the house would be scary. Once I saw a spider and I jumped up and down like a popcorn.

    Love and licks,

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