Being a princess sounds fun, but Cora spends all her time prepping to be queen and that is a lot of work. She does sums to make her brain sharp, jumps rope to keep her legs strong, and takes 3 baths a day! Cora decides she needs a dog to make her happy and she writes her Fairy Godmother for help - next morning she gets a box with a Crocodile inside!
Many wonderful shenanigans follow as the Crocodile, dressed up as Cora, spends the day doing the princesses chores: doing sums and jumping rope and chewing some royal rear end along the way! Having Floca's fun illustrations on every single page really make this book worth reading over and over! — Leah Moore
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. 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.
About the Author
Laura Amy Schlitz is the author of the Newbery Medal winner Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village, the Newbery Honor Book and New York Times bestseller Splendors and Glooms, the Scott O'Dell Award winner and New York Times bestseller The Hired Girl, the sumptuously illustrated chapter book The Night Fairy, and other critically acclaimed books for young readers. A teacher as well as a writer, Laura Amy Schlitz lives in Maryland. Brian Floca is the author-illustrator of the Caldecott Medal winner Locomotive, the Robert F. Sibert Honor books Moonshot and Lightship, and other picture books, and is the illustrator of many more books for young readers. Brian Floca lives and works in Brooklyn.