Princess K.I.M. and the Lie That Grew

Kim wants the kids at her new school to like her, so she tells a teeny, tiny, bitty lie. She says her name is really “K.I.M.”—for “Katherine Isabella Marguerite”—and that she comes from a royal family!  Pretty soon all the students know there is a princess in the school.  Kim wears her golden tiara from dance class and a big fancy ring she won at the arcade.  Her little lie grows and grows. When a classmate invites her to a birthday party, Kim says she can’t go because her grandmother is coming to visit. But she had told the kids her grandmother was a queen. Now they all want to meet the queen. Kim is in a real bind; her lie has grown too big and it’s about ready to explode!

  • 9780807593097
  • May 2015

Other Places to Buy


  • Fans of Jane O’Connor’s “Fancy Nancy” (HarperCollins) are sure to enjoy this tale.

    - School Library Journal

  • With a bright, glittery cover, this picture book tells a humorous story of lies and bragging that grows flashier as the tale progresses.

    - Booklist Online

  • Cocca-Leffler’s sunny illustrations and the book’s playful design help its valuable lesson go down easy. Classmate Jason’s skeptical commentary throughout the week acts as punctuation and leads up to a smile-inducing punchline. Appealing and effective.

    - Kirkus Reviews

  • The story resists heavy-handedness, and young listeners will likely both see Kim’s point of view and understand what Kim could have done differently.

    - The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

  • Readers will be amused by Kim while they understand her predicament and perhaps learn a lesson.

    - Children's Literature

Common Core

RL.K-1.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9,10 RL.2.1,2,3,5,6,7,10


  • Accelerated Reader Points: 0.50
  • ATOS Level: 2.70