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Princess Cora and the crocodile
2017
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  Publishers Weekly Review

Legions of schoolchildren will empathize with overscheduled Princess Cora, whose well-meaning but misguided royal parents insist that a regimen of boring reading, mindless exercise, and frequent bathing is the only way to ensure that she'll be fit to inherit the throne. After they refuse her a dog, Cora channels her simmering anger into a letter to her fairy godmother, which she then rips up-a toothless act of rebellion that Schlitz (The Hired Girl) infuses with magic: "Because it was a letter to her fairy godmother, every scrap turned into a white butterfly and flew away." Cora's godmother gets the message, delivering a pet the monarchs justly deserve: a crocodile with an outsize id and none of Cora's impulse to please. In illustrations that amplify Schlitz's wry humor, Caldecott Medalist Floca (Locomotive) produces a reptile that delightfully runs amuck. A mop wig and frilly dress let princess and croc to swap places, allowing Cora much-needed freedom while the crocodile trades insults with the Queen ("Reptile!" "Mammal!") and gnaws on the fitness-obsessed King (just a little). Utterly charming from start to finish. Ages 4-8. Author's agent: Stephen Barbara, Inkwell Management. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

  School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-Award winners Laura Amy Schlitz and Brian Floca collaborate on this quirky fairy tale. Princess Cora's daily routine is demanding and dull, with an overbearing nanny who expects her to bathe incessantly to stay clean, a father who obsessively times her as she jumps rope, and a mother who forces her to read dry finance books. "No one listens to me!" laments Princess Cora as she pleads for a dog in a letter to her godmother. A box soon arrives with a pink bow and a big surprise inside: a talking crocodile who states, "I've come to rescue you from your awful parents and mean nanny!" Reluctantly, the princess allows the reptile to don her dress and take her place for a day. Hilarity ensues as the royal couple and the nanny get their comeuppance from the clever crocodile. Meanwhile, the princess enjoys finding adventures in the fresh air. The crocodile completely steals the show, of course, and children will applaud its administration of well-deserved punishments. Narrator Angie Kane does a believable Irish accent as the nanny but can't quite bring the crocodile's wit to life. Floca's humorous illustrations rule, and the silliness results in the princess learning to bravely speak up as her parents finally listen to her reasonable requests. VERDICT This DVD would pair well with such books as Tomie DePaola's Bill and Pete Go Down the Nile or Fred Marcellino's I, Crocodile for even more crocodilian amusement.-Lonna Pierce, MacArthur and Thomas Jefferson Elementary School Libraries, Binghamton, NY © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Summary
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. <br> <br> 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.
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