The Princess in Black

princessinblackWritten by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale, Illustrated by LeUyen Pham


I love Shannon Hale. This was a quick, fun read. It is perfect for students who need an easy read. It stars Princess Magnolia, Duchess Wigtower, and Duff the Goat Boy. It also stars some monsters and goats.

Princess Magnolia is everything a princess should be by all appearances. But Princess Magnolia has a secret. Duchess Wigtower loves secrets. She loves discovering people’s secrets. On the day this book opens, Duchess Wigtower and Princess Magnolia are having hot chocolate and scones. All was going smoothly, until…her glitter-stone rang. This ring alerts her to danger, the danger from monsters. When she hears the alarm, Princess Magnolia sheds her princess-y identity and becomes the mysterious-clever-and-strong Princess in Black.

The illustrations are great, the characters are fun, and the vocabulary used is perfect for this level. This book will have a hard time staying on the shelf.

Review by Vanessa Eyre, Robert Frost Elementary Media Center
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars)
Interest Level: Grades K-3

Author Website: http://www.squeetus.com
Illustrator Website: http://www.leuyenpham.com/

The Princess in Black
Written by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale, Illustrated by LeUyen Pham
Candlewick Press
89 pages
Release Date: October 14, 2014
ISBN: 9780763665104 (hardcover)

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