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Who says being a princess is so great? Not Cora, the heroine of the silly, delightful book PRINCESS CORA AND THE CROCODILE (Candlewick Press), written by Laura Amy Schlitz and illustrated by Brian Floca. Cora’s tired of being good. Her nanny makes her take three baths a day and her mother makes her read dull, dull, dull books about how to run a kingdom. As for her father, the King, he times Cora with his gold watch every day as she runs in circles and skips rope up to five hundred. “A future queen must be strong!” he says. Cora’s sick of it all.

If she only had a dog to play with … but no. Her parents don’t want the mess and fuss and dirt. It isn’t until Cora writes to her Godmother asking for help that her life begins to change. And what a change! It’s sheer silliness and anarchy after Cora wakes up to find a box at the foot of her bed with a crocodile inside. Her own crocodile! While it dresses up in Cora’s clothes and holds her parents at bay for the day, Cora is free! She climbs trees, makes a fort in the woods, wades barefoot in a stream … and no one tells her not to. The thrill of freedom and doing what she wants is so wonderful, Cora doesn’t even mind when she steps in a cow pie in her bare feet.

Every child will delight in this funny book about going against the rules and not being good … even if only for a day. Schlitz, a 2008 Newbery winner (Good Masters, Sweet Ladies!) and author of the historical fiction novel The Hired Girl, has created a silly book that’s perfect either for reading aloud or for readers who have conquered early chapter books. Teamed with  Floca’s bright and hilarious illustrations (who can resist a crocodile masquerading as a princess with a brown mop for hair and his green tail sticking out the back of her pink dress?), this book will make children laugh and adults, too.


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Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets

April 17, 2017

ReaderKidZ welcomes Karen Jameson with today’s guest post: “Poems come out of wonder, not out of knowing.” This quote, by children’s author and poet Lucille Clifton, inspired the title of Kwame Alexander’s latest poetry offering, Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets (Candlewick, March 2017). Published just in time to welcome Poetry Month, this gorgeous picture […]

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CREEK FINDING: A TRUE STORY (about buried treasure)

April 9, 2017

  Who doesn’t want to read a good book about buried treasure? This marvelous picture book, CREEK FINDING: A TRUE STORY, written by Jacqueline Briggs Martin and illustrated by Claudia McGehee is about a different kind of treasure. Not gold. Not jewels. This treasure is a disappeared creek. How can a creek disappear? Even more mysterious, how […]

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FEATHERS FOR PEACOCK, a tale of caring and generosity

April 2, 2017

FEATHERS FOR PEACOCK Friendship and caring is the heart of this picture book, FEATHERS FOR PEACOCK. Jacqueline Jules has created a pourquois tale in the engaging folklore style of “ long ago, when the world was new, Peacock did not have the beautiful feathers he has now. Peacock was naked.” All the birds were naked! […]

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March 27, 2017

Here is a WOW picture story book and so timely:  STRANGE FRUIT, BILLIE HOLIDAY AND THE POWER OF A PROTEST SONG a book for all ages written by Gary Golio and illustrated by Charlotte Riley-Webb. What a woman, Billie Holiday. And now, what a book about Billie and the song she dared to sing about […]

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“Everybody, sing it!”

March 21, 2017

  Pete Seeger was born with music in his bones. So begins this inspirational picture book biography about one of America’s most famous, beloved folk singers, Pete Seeger, Stand Up and Sing! Folk Music, and the Path to Justice, (Bloomsbury 2017), written by Susannah Reich and illustrated by Adam Gustavson. Seeger came of age during […]

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Princess Posey and the First Grade Play

March 15, 2017

  The first graders in Posey’s class are reading about bees and plan a play to share what they’ve learned with the other first grade classes. Caitlyn certainly knows a lot about bees. Her mother’s even given her a small yellow eraser in the shape of a bee.  “Who cares about an old eraser?” Posey says […]

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