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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!

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.

The Princess in Black

by Shannon Hale & Dean Hale

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Overall Review:  

The Princess in Black is a charming tale by husband-and-wife writing team Shannon and Dean Hale. Readers will instantly be drawn to heroine Princess Magnolia, as well as the book's colorful layout and engaging text. With the perfect combination of humor, action, intrigue and princess, readers of all ages will be enchanted with this new series!


While The Princess in Black is a great beginning reader for grades 1-3, it makes a fantastic read-aloud for younger children. My daughter had a smile on her face as she listened to the entire book in one sitting. She enjoyed looking at the beautiful pictures that dot practically every page and emphatically requested the next book "right now". We can't wait to see what Princess Magnolia does next! 

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Violence/Gore:  Character ties up a monster (shown in pictures) 


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Reviewed By Rachel
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