The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale, illustrated by LeUyen Pham
Age Range: 5 – 8 years
Grade Level: Kindergarten – 3
Series: Princess in Black
Hardcover: 96 pages
Publisher: Candlewick (October 14, 2014)
Source: Bought for my 6 year old
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
About the Book:
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.
Shannon Hale is brilliant (so is Dean Hale). My six year old daughter is a huge fan of superheroes, ninjas, and adventure, but most books with those themes cater only to boys. The Princess in Black shatters those stereotypes, giving both boys and girls a fun, entertaining story featuring a princess ninja, a monster, a nosy duchess, a curious goat boy, and some very lucky goats.
My daughter has declared it “the best book ever” and has read it several times. She and her sister even started a ninja club where they can discuss science and fight off anyone who tries to stop them.
The story is imaginative, entertaining, and precisely what 5-8 year olds like reading. There are full color illustrations on every page and the vocabulary is simple. It also introduces kids to new words they might not encounter otherwise. Words like “minced” and “pranced” present kids with an achievable challenge.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone with a child in the chapter book stage.
Source: I bought this book for my daughters.