THE PRINCESS IN BLACK by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale: A Review

Princess-in-BlackThe 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.


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