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Fiction Ages 6-8
Pages: 96
Themes: big cat rescue center, storytelling, imagination, make believe, humor, mistaken identity
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 19/Feb/2019
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Our favorite pretend princess, Angelica, aka Jelly, is back! A case of mistaken identity, a wild imagination and a love of storytelling leads Jelly to tell her friend Joon and the new kid she's just met, Leo, that she's a part-time lion trainer at the local animal rescue center. Her inventiveness has them completely convinced, but things get a bit more complicated when the resident lioness, Mwezi, escapes from her enclosure and the kids look to Jelly’s "expertise" to save the day.

Kirkus Reviews
"Similarly imaginative chapter-book readers will connect with Jelly, and there's no question the lion facts are cool…[Jelly's] skills and the story's action-packed ending…reward readers."
CM: Canadian Review of Materials
"A highly satisfying first chapter book. The black and white illustrations by Jane Heinrichs are expressive and cooperate well with the text...similar to those in Sara Pennypacker’s ‘Clementine’ books."
Must Read Literature: K thru YA

“Angelica is a great storyteller…Good story for Elementary School readers who are ready for chapter books.”


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