The honeymoon lasted about five minutes. That's how long the King and Queen looked lovingly at their baby daughter, Princess Cora, and celebrated how perfect she was. From that moment on they dedicated their lives to worrying about her not being good enough and set up a regimen for her to be sure she was ready for anything in life.
Every day Princess Cora's Nanny insisted she take three baths and told her she was a dirty little girl. Talk about tiresome.
Every day Princess Cora's mother, the Queen, read boring books to her in the tower. Talk about a snorefest.
Every day Princess Cora's father, the King, counted how many times she skipped rope and made sure she got to 500. Exhausting.
One night, Princess Cora couldn't take it any more. She wrote to her Fairy Godmother and asked her for a fluffy yellow pet dog. The next day a box with holes in it arrived. Out popped a crocodile ready to take on Princess Cora's enemies. He squeezed himself in to Cora's dress and went to talk baths with the Nanny. Guess who ends up in the tub?
He went to talk books with the Queen. Guess how much ink gets spilled?
He slithered down into the basement to find the King and ended up ripping his majesty's pants.
Meanwhile, Cora is having a lovely day getting dirty and having a genuine adventure.
A feisty, funny story filled with rear end references on end that will keep the howls a'comin'. Most likely this story will reach the heart of every overscheduled, helicoptered child on the planet today.
74 pages 978-0763648220 Ages 5-9
Recommended by: Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com
"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."--from the publisher