Tuesday, November 18

The Princess in Black

The Princess in Black
Written by Shannon Hale & Dean Hale, illustrated by LeUyen Pham

My rating: ★★★★

ISBN: 978-0763665104
Publisher: Candlewick
Date of publication: October 14, 2014
Age: Grades K-3
Genre: Fantasy

Themes: monsters, princess alter ego, secrecy, heroics

Prim and proper Princess Magnolia sips hot chocolate with Duchess Wigtower, who is known for uncovering people's deep dark secrets. But then, the Monster Alarm rings and the Princess must find a way to transform into her secret alter ego—the monster-fighting Princess in Black—without Wigtower discovering where she went! She must save the goats from being eaten and keep her identity a secret!

This book is adorable. Which, I realize, isn't a very professional way of critiquing it—but I can't help it! It's just so cute! It's written in such a way that any adults reading it will laugh at its cheesy (but classic) superhero plot made extra-girly. But at the same time, I think that kids will love the story. There's intrigue, secrecy, monster battles, ponies, and a sparkly tiara. It's got all the right stuff. I appreciated the characters, too; they're not the flat, uninteresting characters that are common in other easy-readers. They're fun and fascinating (even the pony!). As a whole? I recommend it. It's adorable.

Find it at your library or on Amazon

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