7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #531: Featuring Brian Floca

h1 April 23rd, 2017 by jules

“… Then an idea came to her. She found her nanny’s mop and
took the stringy part off the stick. She tied the stringy part to the crocodile’s head.
The yarn in the mop was the same shade of brown as Princess Cora’s hair.”

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Good morning, one and all. I’ve got a review over at BookPage of Laura Amy Schlitz’s Princess Cora and the Crocodile (Candlewick, March 2017), illustrated by Brian Floca. Such a good book, all 80 pages of it. If you want to read all about it, head here.

Today here at 7-Imp is a bit of art from the book.


“At that very moment, Princess Cora was walking by the lily pond. She’d lost her shoes somewhere by the creek, and her dress was covered with strawberry stains.
She felt very peaceful. …”

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PRINCESS CORA AND THE CROCODILE. Text copyright © 2017 by Laura Amy Schlitz. Illustrations copyright © 2017 by Brian Floca. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA.

Note for any new readers: 7-Imp’s 7 Kicks is a weekly meeting ground for taking some time to reflect on Seven(ish) Exceptionally Fabulous, Beautiful, Interesting, Hilarious, or Otherwise Positive Noteworthy Things from the past week, whether book-related or not, that happened to you. New kickers are always welcome.

* * * Jules’ Kicks * * *

1) Home-made bread.

2) Thoughtful surprises in the mail.

3) My story time at Parnassus yesterday that had a lot of children, despite lots of rain outside.

4) Jone’s poetry postcard project and one in my mailbox for me.

5) My book club meets at my house tonight! I love having people over, but the house we moved from last year was too tiny to have a group of folks over.

6) I’ve got wine and cookies ready for it.

7) Mid-day bike rides.

BONUS: Betsy Bird and I did a guest post over at Two Bossy Dames this week.

What are YOUR kicks this week?

4 comments to “7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #531: Featuring Brian Floca”

  1. Hello, Imps! Hello, Brian! The crocodile in the pink dress and the wig made me think of Eleven from Stranger Things…

    Jules: Bread is delightful. I’ve never made it from scratch, but I eat bread a lot. Yay for storytime and book club and poetry and snacks and mail and all the things!

    My kicks from the past week:
    1) Support
    2) Pleasantly surprised
    3) Rehearsals
    4) Performances
    5) Balance
    6) Schedule
    7) Seen & heard

  2. Oh Cora, your princess alligator is the best. Thank you Brian and Laura for a great character and book.
    Jules, so glad the postcard arrived. What book for bookclub?
    LW, wonder what the surprise was and I love #7. Also I agree about the crocodile looking like Eleven.
    My kicks:
    1. My Poetry Project with Christy Peterson at Deowriter. It’s been a blast to research the creatures.
    2. The sunshine on Friday.
    3. Oldest grand girl swam almost 3 miles in two hours for the swimathon.
    4. Red Wing Blackbird at the feeder.
    5. The Progressive Poem landed at Deowriter yesterday.
    6. Conversions with friends.
    7. Writing.
    Have a great week.

  3. What a great crocodile. Love her in her dress and wig.

    Jules – full story time, poetry postcards & thoughtful surprises sounds like a good week. Wine with book club – yum.

    LW – pleasant surprises sounds like a great kick, as does kick 7.

    Jone – that sunshine was wonderful! Hooray for grand girl’s swimming – super impressive too!

    My kicks this week:
    1) Jules and Betsy Bird at Two Bossy Dames – such a fun and dishy read.
    2) Sunday morning yoga – energizing and much-needed this week.
    3) After-work wine with office mates.
    4) Sunshine Friday, even though I was in meetings for most of it, I could still see it. And enjoy it at the end of the day.
    5) Spring cleaning photo finds, especially photos of past hikes with Cheyenne and some of our friends.
    6) Watching “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” last night. Had not read the book, really enjoyed it. Oprah should act more.
    7) Planted flowers for Earth Day.
    7.5) Fun with Daisy. Always a weekly kick.

    BONUS: seeing Science March signs all over FB & Twitter – some really smart, witty, funny scientists!

    Have a great week Imps!

  4. LW: Bread’s my very favorite food. Blaine and the girls will make two loaves from scratch for the week for toasting, because MMM….TOAST.

    Jone: We are reading old Newbery winners, but I was behind and shared two favorite new picture books: THE BOOK OF MISTAKES and TOWN IS BY THE SEA. … Glad you had a good week!

    Rachel: Glad you liked the Two Bossy Dames read. I wasn’t sure how to link to it. I feel so old with technology sometimes. … I enjoyed seeing the science march signs too and wish I could have gone to one. … What kind of flowers did you plant? I got some ranunculus this weekend (for inside the house) … (though I’m not sure what ranunculus-plural is?)

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