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The Princess in Black

Written by Shannon Hale, Dean Hale

Illustrated by LeUyen Pham

Part of the Princess in Black Series

Crime / Mystery Fantasy / Magical Featured Books for 5+ readers Featured Books for 7+ readers

LoveReading View on The Princess in Black

In a nutshell: princesses can be masked avengers too! |  Princess Magnolia is neat, polite and very, very sweet, but when she gets a call on her monster-alarm she changes in an instant to become the Princess in Black, more than able to take on the huge monsters that live underneath her kingdom. In her black cape and mask, she uses techniques like the Princess Pounce and the Twinkle Twinkle Little Smash to overcome a big blue monster, before rushing back to the palace to keep her secret hidden from nosy Duchess Wigtower. The story is hugely entertaining and very neatly written, the sentences short enough for beginner readers, but packed with action nonetheless. With lively full colour illustrations on every page this is a really super series for young children, and who could resist a princess like Magnolia? ~ Andrea Reece


The Princess in Black Synopsis

The first in a funny, action-packed series for young readers who like their princesses not only prim and perfect, but also dressed 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!

The Princess in Black Reader Reviews

Some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were lucky enough to read and review this title. Click here to read the full reviews.

  • Erica Motoc, Age 12 - 'The Princess in Black is a great stay-at-home adventure for all the children who love a plot twist. Will Princess Magnolia be able to find a nice place to rest or will she be called to her duty?'
  • Amatullah Khatun, Age 8 - 'A lovely story featuring a princess who is also a superhero because why can’t girls be both? The illustrations by LeUyen Phan are stunning and add to the humour of this story.'
  • Prisha Yadav, Age 8 - 'Interesting Book with a beautiful story and colourful illustrations.'
  • Elissa Watkin, Age 6 - 'Our 6yr old daughter loved this book which she read on her own. She took to the characters quickly and didn't want to put the book down. A lovely read with great illustrations.'

The Princess in Black Press Reviews

[...] funny Superman-themed book, with beautiful illustrations by LeUyen Pham [...]    The List

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ISBN: 9781406376456
Publication date: 06/07/2017
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406376456
Publication date: 6th July 2017
Author: Shannon Hale, Dean Hale
Illustrator: LeUyen Pham
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 96 pages
Suitable for: 5+ readers, 7+ readers
Genres: Crime / Mystery, Fantasy / Magical
Recommendations: Reviewed by Children

About Shannon Hale, Dean Hale

Shannon Hale is the New York Times bestselling author of the Ever After High trilogy, as well as the award-winning Goose Girl and the Newbery Honor-winning Princess Academy. She co-wrote the graphic novels Rapunzel's Revenge and Calamity Jack with her husband Dean Hale, along with The Princess in Black. Shannon and Dean live in Utah with their four children and a small plastic pig for a pet. Follow Dean Hale on Twitter.  

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