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Princess Cora and the Crocodile

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  1,248 ratings  ·  285 reviews
A Newbery Medalist and a Caldecott Medalist join forces to give an overscheduled princess a day off and a wicked crocodile a day "on."
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 h
Hardcover, 80 pages
Published March 28th 2017 by Candlewick Press
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Hannah Greendale
Princess Cora's parents are determined to ensure their daughter is prepared to one day be Queen, so they force her to follow a strict schedule of lessons, exercise, and bathing. But Cora is tired of being bored and longs to have a dog to play with. She writes to her fairy godmother, asking for a dog. The next day a box arrives, but - green scales, long rows of teeth - it seems Cora's godmother has sent her a crocodile by mistake.


Floca's illustrations are a delight, and Schlitz flavors her story
What if.

What if Good Night Moon had been illustrated by someone other than Clement Hurd?

What if.

What if Charlotte’s Web had had an artist who wasn’t Garth Williams?

What if.

What if Princess Cora and the Crocodile by Laura Amy Schlitz hadn’t been illustrated by Brian Floca?

That’s a lot of “what ifs” to contend with. Readers like to play with the notion of what might have been, for good or for ill. History is full of near disasters, near misses, and perfect dewdrops of unexpected success. Slot Schl
Confession: I have a deep and abiding love for Laura Amy Schlitz.

So when I heard rumblings about Princess Cora & the Crocodile--the first early-mid grade novel Ms. Schlitz’s published since 2010’s Night Fairy--my excitement level was at a 20. Think The Office’s Stanley on Pretzel Day. Or Parks & Rec's’ Leslie Knope on.....well any day. And believe me when I tell you, my all-encompassing faith in Ms. Schlitz was well-placed.

Cora rocks. Hard. Despite her royal dilemma. You see, Cora is a
Apr 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: to-enjoy-again
Delightful. Yes, the theme has been covered a multitude of times before. But not quite like this. I just hope the helicopter parents who still think that their child needs to get into the right infant care to be able to get into the right preschool, etc... and needs to learn to read before they get to school... and will eventually need to marry the right person and have the right career read this. Or at least that those parents who somehow feel inadequate when they compare themselves to the firs ...more
M. Lauritano
Mar 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
When I first heard that two especial favorites of mine Brian Floca and Laura Amy Schlitz were collaborating on something, I was pretty excited. If you hold Hired Girl or Moonshot in the same esteem as do I, you know that both of these creators have an knack for historical fiction. I guess I was expecting something like Locomotive with more narrative heft to it. My expectations were very high. Then I read the title: Princess Cora and the Crocodile. I had no clue what to think. Well, I just read t ...more
Vera Godley
Mar 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a fun book to read and children will thoroughly enjoy it. Just the right length for readers in grades three and four who are delving into the realm of early chapter books with a substantial amount of text and abundantly illustrated, the young reader will gleefully cheer the Princess on as she rebels the rigid scheduling of her life and escapes to explore the great out-of-doors on her own.

Her co-conspirator is the wickedly cute crocodile who changes places with her in exchange for some lu
May 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Quick read with a princess (which I'm often asked for) and people getting bitten in the bum (which is always good for a laugh). My one reservation in today's "13 Reasons Why" environment (and may I say that I really liked that book ... I didn't think it glorified suicide at all but instead drove home the point that your actions towards others can have repercussions) is when the crocodile moans, "I wish I was dead!" on p. 58.
A great read aloud for five and up.

Cora is not happy with the rigorous schedule she keeps while being a princess. She asks her fairy godmother for a reprieve and gets it in the form of a pet crocodile.

When the two trade places, many valuable lessons are learned by Cora and those that care for her.
Michele Knott
I think the theme of this book is important for parenting nowadays - don't over schedule kids - give them time to be kids!
hat do you get when you combine a Newbery Medalist and a Caldecott Medalist? You get a book that is an absolute delight from beginning to end. That cover alone is bound to make the book fly off the shelf. And the story and illustrations inside do not disappoint. When Princess Cora is born, her parents are overwhelmed by the responsibility of teaching her how to rule a kingdom, so they go completely overboard. Princess Cora spends her days either bathing (3 times a day is barely enough according ...more
Mar 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Fans of The Princess in Black series will love this series of another untraditional princess. Princess Cora wants to have some fun but all the adults in her life are too focused on making sure she'll be ready to be queen. How does a crocodile help solve her problems? Find out in this delightful beginning chapter book.
Barbara Ann
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Poor Princess Cora is a victim of parents who are obsessed with her development into the role of future ruler of the kingdom. Cora is beset with a nanny who is obsessed with cleanliness and forces her to take three baths a day, a mother who forces her to read boring books all day, and a father who wants her to be strong and forces her to skip rope every day. When Cora requests a dog for a pet, her parents are horrified. She writes a note to her fairy godmother asking her to intervene. To her sur ...more
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I normally don't review picture books and beginner chapter books on here, but I made an exception for this one since I've seen it tossed around as a potential award winner this year (we'll find out in a couple of days).

It is a cute enough story about a princess who is tired of having such a rigid, structured, life with everyone telling her what to do and having no fun or freedom to be herself. She writes a letter to her fairy Godmother, and the next day receives a mysterious package containing a
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
We picked this up at the library without knowing anything about it. It was cute and clever and had my girls and I laughing! I would probably buy it if I ran across a paperback copy. It’s on par with Princess in Black or Mercy Watson (it has lots of pictures and has nice, short chapters).
Carrie Charley Brown
With the winning Newbery/Caldecott pairing of Laura Amy Schlitz and Brian Floca behind Princess Cora and the Crocodile, there's no where to go but up. Soothing pastel watercolor illustrations bring each page to life, amp up the action, and relay emotions at every turn. It was a real treat to have a true picture book meshed into a chapter book. And the story didn't give up a single moment. Each character personality shines through with authentic dialog. Schlitz does a masterful job of helping the ...more
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Poor Princess Cora’s life is a strictly regimented round of baths and lessons, until the day her fairy godmother sends an unruly crocodile to shake things up!

This early chapter book is a pleasant, gently funny read. Recommended to anyone who likes reading about princesses — or crocodiles!
Mar 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Candlewick Press, 2017
74 pages
Recommended for grades 1-4

Princess Cora has it bad. Cora's days are tightly scheduled with bathing (Nanny's thrice-a-day demand), reading (dull books chosen by her mother), and by incessant workouts run by her father (mainly involving a jump rope). When Cora wishes for a dog to become her companion, she is granted a pet that is very much not an adorable yellow puppy.
But maybe this crocodile could turn out to be ok. He volunteers to dress up like Cora to fool
Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Has your child ever felt over worked and unappreciated? Then pity poor Princess Cora, who has to take 3 baths a day, study extremely boring books, and skip rope 500x in the old dungeon. Then her fairy godmother sends her a crocodile to take her place while she goes outside and has adventures. Too bad the crocodile isn't a very good princess: he ends up biting and then complaining about the lack of cream puffs. Lots of pen and watercolor pictures make this appropriate for 2-4th graders
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read this aloud to Juliet and we were both utterly enchanted. The story is clever and surprising and the illustrations are perfect. I'm already looking forward to reading it again.
Suzanne Maley
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
A fun read. Princess Cora wants a dog and writes to her fairy godmother. What she gets is a talking crocodile who has been sent to rescue her. The results are funny.
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This a lovely princess-adventure story for young readers entering the world of chapter books! Princess Cora wishes for a pet dog from her fairy godmother but ends up getting sent a crocodile instead. While the crocodile terrorizes Cora’s parents and nanny, Cora enjoys a day filled with adventure in the great outdoors.

Brian Floca’s illustrations are engaging and detailed. While the pages may initially appear a bit text-heavy for young audiences, the vibrant colors and variety of illustrations he
Eve Costarelli
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This early chapter book, perfect for out loud reading and for the newly independent reader, is a great modern fairy tale complete with a strong willed heroine (princess Cora), parents who just don’t listen, a maid on a mission to clean up the world, one bath at a time and a mischievous, cream puff eating crocodile. Ms. Schlitz’s writing is witty, creative and captivating and the gorgeous accompanying illustrations, by Brain Floca, fit the character of the book perfectly. Readers will find it im ...more
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
I thought this was a great book for 3rd grade and up; possibly high level reading 2nd graders. However, not sure if developmentally appropriate for selection criteria of my committee.
Theresa Grissom
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 1st-grade, 3rd, 2nd
Cute book with a good moral. Students in school will enjoy this.
Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Floca's illustrations feel very much his style and are fun and kid appealing.

The story is fun. There are a lot of princess stories out their. I have to say The Princess in Black and Hamster Princess felt fresher but those fans are going to like this spunky princess too.
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved this and loved the crocodile especially! A warning about over-scheduling children that a lot of kids will heartily second.
Mar 12, 2017 added it
Shelves: children-s
Heavily illustrated early chapter book - almost more like a picture book. Overly scheduled princess rebels against micro-managing parents. relevant for today's kids. cath
Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: juvenile-fiction
Adorable short chapter book with a great message--let kids be kids!
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A delightful slapstick fairy tale. Check out this conversation between Schlitz and Floca:
Great Books
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ages-5-8
Princess Cora is tired of boring lessons, jumping rope and taking three baths a day. When she writes to her fairy godmother for help, help comes in the form of a misbehaving crocodile who wreaks havoc in the castle while Cora enjoys a delightful outdoor adventure.
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Laura Amy Schlitz is an American author of children's literature. She is a librarian and storyteller at The Park School in Brooklandville, Maryland.

She received the 2008 Newbery Medal for her children's book entitled Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village,[1] and the 2013 Newbery Honor for her children's book, Splendors and Glooms.[2] She also won the 2016 Scott O'Dell Award fo