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The Princess in Black (The Princess in Black #1)

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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
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Hardcover, 90 pages
Published October 14th 2014 by Candlewick Press
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Sierra Abrams
Mar 15, 2012 Sierra Abrams marked it as to-read
The Princess in Black???? I officially think, "AAAAAAS YYYYOOOOUUU WWWWIIIIISSSHHH!!!!!!" when I see this title. ;)
Monica!
Shannon Hale’s The Goose Girl is one of my favorite books ever, and I recommend Princess Academy to basically anyone who comes across my path, so when I saw this amazing-looking thing hanging out on our New Books shelf I sort of flipped my shit.

And it’s adorable! And filled with good lessons for young readers! And my lower-reading-level third graders are obsessed with it!

But I kind of wanted it to be different.

Like… Okay, so “Princesses don’t just have to wear pink and make tea! They can also b
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Jessica
It is SO HARD to find beginning chapter books, people! SO HARD. I hate those numbered readers. HATE THEM. They are either lame, or they contain words that are well beyond the reading level. (Don't believe me? Get your hands on any of the Indiana Jones ones. That's right, there's some about Indiana Jones, a character from a movie that is far too mature for a 5yo. And they contain words like archaeologist, ritual, and artifact.) So it was with great pleasure that I read this before giving it to my ...more
Gretchen Alice
Perhaps most apparent at Christmastime, books and toys for young girls take a very gendered approach. There is a proliferation of pink and princesses and puffy glittered hearts. Sure, girls can like that stuff, but what about their other interests? The Princess in Black is the perfect solution to that problem. Princess Magnolia leads a pretty idyllic life in her castle. She serves scones and hot chocolate and wears a frilly dress. But when her secret alarm goes off, she turns into The Princess i ...more
Laura5
I love so much about this early chapter book, and am looking forward to more in the series.
Mary
In her everyday life, Princess Magnolia is the typical frilly-glass-slippers-prim-and-perfect princess, but when her monster alarm rings, she become the Princess in Black wearing black tights and a cape with ninja moves. The illustrations are pitch perfect in capturing the charm and humor of the fast paced action. Every character is distinct and deserving of their own book: Frimplepants, big blue monster, Duff, and Goat Avenger. My favorite picture is the double spread of the Princess in Black c ...more
Kaethe
So many books really play to the expected gender roles of young boys and girls, with pretty clear divisions by color, hobbies, accessories, etc. This book gives us a heroine who is out saving folks dressed all in black like Zorro, but, also, says that the pink isn't automatically bad just because it is girly.

Now I want to go fight monsters.

Pham's artwork, by the way, is fabulous. It captures a retro vibe from picture books of the 60s, but without feeling dated or self-consciously ironic. It suit
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Caitlings
So much fun and super adorable. If you have a girly-girl daughter and want to show her that you can be girly and kick ass, I recommend this book.

**book does not use term "kick ass"
Camille
Because I have read Goose Girl many many times, I decided to purchase this book from a book order instead of borrowing it at the library for my girls. I am so glad I bought this book. My oldest loved it so much she read it twice in one day, once to herself and then again to her little sister. At age 7, that's pretty great! It's a cute story, with entertaining pictures. Thank you, Shannon Hale! Another great book!
Ms. Yingling
Princess Magnolia is pink and dainty, but while she is having the nosy Duchess Wigtower over for hot chocolate, she gets a monster alarm and has to run out to a neighboring field to save a herd of goats from being eaten.Duff, the goat herder, is so impressed with her that he fashions a costume for himself as the Goat Avenger, and waits for the next time that the monsters forget about the mighty princess and try to eat his goats.

Strengths: Very delightful; if this had been around when my daughter
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Melissa
Super cute princess-turned-Superhero book for young readers!
Christiane
I wanted to like this more than I did. I love the premise: Princess Magnolia looks like a typical princess in her frilly pink dress but when trouble comes (in the shape of a large blue monster) she sneaks out of the palace and adopts her secret identity as the Princess in Black. Unfortunately I just didn’t find the story that interesting, and I didn’t really like the illustrations. Still, this might be a nice book to share with girls who are really into Disney princesses, Barbie, and the endless ...more
James
I am sure that this book and the other recent children's books I have reviewed will not mesh well for my recommendation from Goodreads, but I felt compelled to review this book and recommend it for others. If you read children's literature at all, I encourage you to pick up this title - kids will enjoy it and it has enough humor and warmth even for the adult that reads it to children.

Hale's Princess in Black is a welcome addition to parents who are trying to find a book that is fun, appropriate
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Denis Vukosav
‘The Princess in Black’, a children book written by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale, while the artwork is signed by LeUyen Pham, is certainly not a book for the princesses in pink, but for those of the new generation. The joint work of these three authors is a different picture book that will entertain children and make them laugh, while the way in which it avoids the known patterns makes ‘The Princess in Black’ definitely preferred for more than one reading.

The authors introduce readers to Princess
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Matthew Winner
And finally my best work ever this week is The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale, illustrated by LeUyen Pham. This is number one in what will be a series and it's an easy reader and it's so good. It's about this princess, Princess Magnolia, who's all dress in pink at all prim and proper and what have you, but she has a secret. She is the princess in black! And while she has Duchess Wiggtower over an emergency happens: a monster gets out and she has to go save it… save the town and ...more
Kristin
Similar in level and quality to dicamillo's mercy Watson books.
Becky
Such a fun read! I saw this online on NovelPlus (trying to keep myself amused during the slow bits at work by trying out all the links on the library's website) and knew I had to give it a try. I'd read several of Ms. Hale's books for older readers and was interested to see what she'd bring to a younger audience.

I was not disappointed--The Princess in Black is an adorable story with plenty of places for the series to go in the future; bonus! The main character definitely turns all the "a princes
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Laura
This was a gift for one of my nieces at Christmas. Turns out, it was a major hit for both of them (they're 6 year old twins). From pretty much the time it was opened, one of them had their nose in it constantly. They read it themselves, had it read to them, read it to other people and wrote music to go along with it. It was easy enough for them to read, with some help with words, but not so easy that they were through it too fast.

It's not quite your typically princess book - Princess Magnolia i
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Shazzer
"The Princess in Black had honey-brown eyes. So did Princess Magnolia. The Princess in Black had a sparkly tiara. So did Princess Magnolia." But that couldn't possibly mean they are one and the same, could it? In this delightful early chapter book from Shannon and Dean Hale, illustrated by LeUyen Pham, Princess Magnolia moonlights as a monster-fighting, goat-saving superhero. While out saving the day, the nosy Duchess Wigtower (beautifully realized by Pham's watercolor and ink) seeks to uncover ...more
Melissa
Adorable. Perfect beginning chapter book.
Gabrielle Carolina
This was a huge disappointment for me.

Contrived and one-dimensional, The Princess in Black wasn't nearly as dynamic as I anticipated based off the Hales' body of work. Furthermore, I'm not sure who I would recommend this book to! I love a large variety of juvenile books, from chapter books, picture books and board books to young adult/new adult. I think a picture book can be just as smart as a novel for older readers, but Princess in Black lacks the continuity to enable a willing suspension of
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Alicia
This story is funny, smart, subversive, and whimsically illustrated. It's written on a level that's perfect for those on the edge of reading first chapter books (but the humor extends far beyond). Fans of the writing style of Mercy Watson will love the writing style of the Princess in Black.

P.S. Her horse is named Frimplepants. And they fight brightly-colored goat-stealing monsters. What more can you ask for??!
Laura
So much fun! This is a short chapter book for fairly young readers--perfect for K-3. I love a princess who can hog-tie monsters. I liked the back and forth between the Princess responding to the call of duty and the nosy duchess snooping around the castle while the heroine was away. Minor character Duff the goat boy made me laugh more than once out loud too. Bonus: The Princess in Black makes for a fantastically easy, book-related Halloween costume.
Heather Miller
How can you not love reading this cute book about a perfect princess in pink who disguises herself in black and fights monsters in her spare time? Complete with a unicorn/horse named Frimplepants and toenail eating monsters, my kiddos were giggling by my side uncontrollably asking me to say "Frimplepants" just one more time. Shannon Hale is awesome!
Bethany Boutin
In this chapter book for early readers, Princess Magnolia demonstrates that it's cool for girls to be girly and princessy in pink, yet also dress like a ninja and enjoy action adventures if they want! The Princess's heroic alter-ego disguises herself in black and shows her strength as she defends the helpless. She even saves a boy and inspires him to be a hero too! The fun-filled illustrations pop with cute comedy and princess-superhero catchphrases like "Sparkle Slam!"
Connie
I absolutely loved this new series for young readers by Shannon Hale! Brilliant concept - a "super hero" princess who fights monsters! The illustrations are colorful and inviting and easily move the story along. Filled with humor and adventure, I think young readers will eat this series up! Once discovered it will fly off the shelves!
Amy
This book is absolutely adorable! It's not a perfect story, but I'm not the target audience & it's nice to see a book that steps out of the traditional princess story. Lots of great illustrations! The text is large & relatively easy for new chapter book readers. It also makes a good read-aloud for little ones.
Chrissy
Okay, you've got a princess who is also a superhero. How in the world can I not love this (spoilers: I DO love it! That sentence was awkward).

Princess Magnolia is a prim and proper princess with a secret. She is also the Princess in Black who goes about the countryside fighting monsters and saving goat boys. I love that this story combines frilly pink tea time with super badass heroics. Which is pretty much what my childhood was. Had this book existed when I was a kid, I would have eaten this up
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Andrea
Dec 09, 2014 Andrea rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: K-2
Shelves: picture-books
Why not be a princess AND a superhero?! This early chapter book is a simple adventure that doesn't preach pink or black for princesses, just has a fun princess that is also a superhero in disguise. There's a boy in the story that is a real character, not just a prop, and a fun sidekick. My daughter loved it.
Carissa
Can't believe I haven't written about this already... G and I both LOVED this book. Great superhero-princess action, lots of silly bits and action and adventure and just all-around wonderful. Can't wait to read more books about the Princess in Black!
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Shannon Hale is the New York Times best-selling author of six young adult novels: the Newbery Honor book Princess Academy, multiple award winner Book of a Thousand Days, and the highly acclaimed Books of Bayern series. She has written three books for adults, including the upcoming Midnight in Austenland (Jan. 2012), companion book to Austenland. She co-wrote the hit graphic novel Rapunzel's Reveng ...more
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