Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 6 to 8
- Grade: 1 to 3
- Reading age: 6 to 8
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.
About the authors
MONIQUE POLAK is a regular contributor to The Montreal Gazette and has been published in many other major publications such as the Globe and Mail, The National Post, and Newsday. She is also the author of the Sports Stories novel Flip Turn, a Canadian Children's Centre Our Choice selection, and the SideStreets novels All In and On the Game, which was also an Our Choice selection. She lives in Montreal with her husband and daughter, where she teaches writing and English Literature.
“Angelica is a great storyteller…Good story for Elementary School readers who are ready for chapter books.”
Must Read Literature: K thru YA
"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."
CM: Canadian Review of Materials
"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."
“Well written and entertaining…she does put her imagination to good use several times by being able to come up with some pretty inventive solutions to problems that arise at the centre.”
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