Princess Kim and Too Much Truth

Written & Illustrated by Maryann Cocca-Leffler

Although she's always been called Princess at home, Kim is not a real princess, so she decides "From now on, no matter what, I'm only going to tell the truth!" At home, she tells her Dad that the pancakes are rubbery and her Grandma that her new necklace looks the the slimy rocks at the bottom of the fish tank. At school, she's just as honest...until she learns what too much truth can do. A wise and funny book about what it means to be kind.(A great book to compliment school's anti-bullying campaigns.)

-Publisher: Albert Whitman & Co.

-Hardcover 32 pages



Princess Kim and Too Much Truth was named one of the BEST CHILDREN’S BOOKS of 2012 by Bank Street.

Maryann Cocca-Leffler. Albert Whitman, $16.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-8075-6618-3
After a class lesson about honesty, Princess Kim (who had trouble with that topic in Princess K.I.M. and the Lie That Grew) decides to tell the truth about everything. First up: giving up her princess persona ("It was time to pack up the pink"). She also tells her father that his pancakes are "sort of rubbery," Grandma Betty that her necklace looks like "those slimy rocks from the bottom of my fishtank," and a teacher that her baby is ugly. Kim finally learns that "telling the truth doesn't mean you say everything you're thinking," and that pointing out positive attributes is a way to tell the truth without hurting feelings. Cocca-Leffler's soothing color palette and relatable heroine deliver the lesson with good cheer. Ages 4–8. (Mar.) 

Publishers Weekly

Ever find yourself in an awkward situation at the supermarket or the mall when your little one points to someone who’s different and makes an unkind—but in all honesty, truthful—comment? It’s happened to me any number of times and each time I found myself wishing there was a book or a song or something that could help me explain the difference between being honest and being hurtful. And as if the literary gods had heard my plea, here is the book I’d longed for.

Princess Kim and too much truth tells the tale of little Kim and her decision to always tell the truth. No matter if that truth is hurtful or mean. We follow Kim from the breakfast table to the school bus to her classroom, telling the truth to all around her but hurting her friends’ feelings along the way. Without giving away more of the story, Kim eventually realizes that there’s a difference between always telling the truth and being honest. And that finding something nice to say is a thousand times better than hurting anyone’s feelings.- Luisa LaFleur The Children's Book Review