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The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale, Dean Hale and LeUyen Pham

Princess Magnolia is having hot chocolate and scones with Duchess Wigtower when . . . Brring! Brring! The monster alarm! A big blue monster is threatening the goats! Stopping monsters is no job for dainty Princess Magnolia. But luckily Princess Magnolia has a secret —she’s also the Princess in Black, and stopping monsters is the perfect job for her! Can the princess sneak away, transform into her alter ego, and defeat the monster before the nosy duchess discovers her secret? From award-winning writing team of Shannon and Dean Hale and illustrator LeUyen Pham, here is the first in a humorous and action-packed chapter book series for young readers who like their princesses not only prim and perfect, but also dressed in black.

Who says princesses don’t wear black? When trouble raises its blue monster head, Princess Magnolia ditches her flouncy dresses and becomes the Princess in Black!


I love love love this story!!! I love the idea of a monster fighting princess in black, who slips back into her pink dress and glass slippers once she has saved the day! Why can’t we do both, right ladies?

The characters are loveable, even nosy duchess Wigtower and the big blue monster! The illustrations are magical! They sort of remind me of old Saturday morning cartoons( big complement from me..lol)! The storyline was engaging and I found myself immediately going online to find out if #2 comes out anytime soon(I didn’t find any dates just yet! I definitely want to hear more about the princess in black and maybe the goat avenger too!

This story was a very short read, perfect for anyone beginning chapter books. There is action, intrigue, and lots of laughs!

*I give it a 9/10*

Try it out and tell me what you think!!

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