Title: The Princess in Black
Author: Shannon Hale
Series: First book in Princess in Black series
Recommended for: grades K-3
Pages: 89 p.
Call Number/Link: J FICTION HALE, S.
Synopsis: 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? This 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. (Amazon description)
Comments: This early chapter book is light, fluffy and features a princess who secretly has mad ninja skills. Need I say more? I think girls in grades 1-3 will love it. So will younger girls whose parents/caregivers read them chapter books. But what about the boys? I don’t imagine them snatching the book off the shelf due to the title and cover, but the ninja and monster action will keep them interested once they start reading (or listening). There’s a goat boy in the book who would like to help the princess vanquish monsters. A male sidekick could help attract boys to the series….
Did I mention that the princess has a pony with a secret identity???