Friday, December 19, 2014

Review: The Princess in Black - Shannon Hale

The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale
Series: Princess in Black #1
Genre: Beginning Reader, fantasy
Published on October 14, 2014
Published by Candlewick Press
Pages: 96
Read From: 12.13.14 - 12.13.14

Princess Magnolia is having hot chocolate and scones with Duchess Wigtower when. . . .Brring! Brring! The monster alarm!
Stopping monsters is no job for prim and perfect Princess Magnolia. But luckily Princess Magnolia has a secret: she's also the Princess in Black, and stopping monsters is the perfect job for the Princess in Black!
Can Princess Magnolia sneak away, transform into her alter ego, and defeat the monster before the nosy duchess discovers her secret?


Shannon Hale introduces Readers to a new sort of super hero that kids will absolutely love. Princesses may be delicate and prim, but they can also be monster-fighting heroines! At 96 pages, this was, naturally, a super-fast read - made all the more delightful with its full-color illustrations.

There's nothing super perilous in this quick, fun adventure for budding readers. The monsters are adorable, and the peasants of the kingdom are far from oppressed. This isn't a criticism. I hardly expect an accurate medieval kingdom in a beginning readers' series that involves a princess turning into a monster-kicking superhero.

The book ends with the promise of maybe Magnolia and the goat boy whose goats she saves teaming up in the future as a double monster-fighting team. All in all, this is just a super-fun first book in a planned beginning reader series. I can't wait to see what Magnolia gets up to next!

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