The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale, illustrated by LeUyen Pham
You might think Princess Magnolia is a typical princess of fairytale fame as the book opens with her having a dainty snack of scones and hot chocolate with the Duchess Wigtower. But we soon learn how adventurous our young heroine is, not to mention clever and self-reliant. Her everyday role as princess is actually her secret identity for when she becomes. . .the Princess in Black, fighter of blue monsters, making solid and graceful ninja moves against an full array of pretty wacky creatures. About time to find a young and feisty girl super-hero. Why wait for the grown-up versions?
One review I read said that this is a great Zorro character for little girls. I agree. It’s a terrific read-aloud for the younger crowd, and a perfect early reader/chapter book for 2nd-grade and beyond. More illustrations than the typical chapter book, which is another appealing quality. Not just for girls, either; this one is loved by the boys I’ve shared it with as well.
If this has whet your appetite for books about Precocious Princesses, check out our post from a few years ago.