Princess Cora and the Crocodile

Princess Cora and the Crocodile

Book - 2017 | First edition.
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Unhappy queen-in-training Cora receives a pet crocodile from her fairy godmother, who disrupts her mundane daily routine.
Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780763648220
Branch Call Number: J SCHLITZ
Characteristics: 72 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Floca, Brian - Illustrator


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Lots of silly fun in this story about a bored princess and her spunky (and sometimes inappropriate) pet crocodile. The wonderful illustrations add to the humor of this more modern fairy tale.

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JCLZainabF Apr 07, 2020

A well written story with colorful illustrations.

JCLKarynH Jan 21, 2020

Any young person who is interested in princesses and fairy-tales should read this book. It's got a great message. Princess Cora is angry about her rigid queen-in-training schedule so she asks her fairy godmother for help, but that doesn't go as smoothly as she hoped. After one day of freedom and the hilarious antics of a mischievous crocodile, Princess Cora finds the courage to use her voice to enact change. She learns that the only person who can really solve her problems and save the day is herself, which should serve her well as Queen. The beautiful watercolor illustrations by Brian Floca really bring the story to life. I wish I had mischievous crocodile who loves cream puffs in my life!

DCLkids Jan 02, 2019

A 2018-2019 Epic Reads pick for grades 1-3. Unhappy queen-in-training Cora receives a pet crocodile from her fairy godmother, who disrupts her mundane daily routine.

pswright Aug 11, 2018

It isn't every princess that ends up with a crocodile for a friend, but Princess Cora does just that in this funny fairy tale. When training to be the queen gets to be too much for Cora, she wishes for a dog, but gets a crocodile instead. This beginning chapter book is funny and fun!

ArapahoeStaff11 Mar 13, 2018

Princess Cora is too busy! She has to study, exercise and take 3 baths a day all while behaving perfectly. When she asks her fairy godmother for a puppy she gets a crocodile instead! Fun story about a young girl taking control of her life.

JCLChrisK Nov 17, 2017

A delightful new fairy tale. A relatable scenario, a meaningful message, witty turns of phrase, humorously told, a wee bit naughty, and hilariously illustrated. Reminiscent of Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake. Highly recommended.

Ms_Gaye Aug 01, 2017

A delightful tale! Funny and satisfying, both in text and the ink, watercolor & goache illustrations. An easy chapter book and a great read-aloud. Ages 5-9.

nmaryann Jul 13, 2017

Princess Cora is tired of life under the overbearing rule of her mother, father, and nanny. When they wont allow her to have a puppy, Princess Cora writes a letter to her fairy godmother. Instead of a puppy, her godmother sends her a Crocodile! A crocodile who bites and has a weakness for cream puffs!

Schlitz writes a most entertaining tale of the madness that ensues when the Crocodile pretends to be the Princess for the day while Cora has some good fun outside the castle walls! Brian Floca's delicate watercolour illustrations are full of charm!

Highly recommend!

MissLacie May 19, 2017

I LOVE this modern fairy tale. Princess Cora is sick of being a "princess." It's too clean, too boring and too much skipping rope! After writing a letter to her fairy godmother, the hero crocodile comes to save the day. He's dirty, inappropriate and can nip anyone that disagrees with him. This delightful story has a darker, offbeat humor that had me laughing throughout.

May 02, 2017

Newbery medalist Schlitz tells a tale of young princess Cora who is burdened with the role of being a royal and not allowed anytime to be a child. Asking for a dog from her fairy godmother brings Cora not what she expected but maybe what she needed. Floca's illustrations fit perfectly with the traditional fairy tale style and pacing. This early reader chapter book will resonate with the 2-4 grader's struggle of accepting responsibilities like school and yet still wanting to play in the mud. It also acknowledges that play is an important part of a child's life.

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