The Princess In Black by Shannon HaleThe Princess In Black by Shannon Hale

The Princess In Black

byShannon Hale, Dean HaleIllustratorLeuyen Pham

Paperback | April 14, 2015

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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.
Shannon and Dean Hale are the husband-and-wife writing team behind the graphic novels Rapunzel’s Revenge and Calamity Jack, both illustrated by Nathan Hale. Shannon Hale is also the author of the Newbery Honor-winning Princess Academy as well as The Goose Girl, Enna Burning, and other novels. They live in Salt Lake City, Utah.LeUyen Ph...
Title:The Princess In BlackFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:96 pages, 8.19 × 6.44 × 0.32 inShipping dimensions:8.19 × 6.44 × 0.32 inPublished:April 14, 2015Publisher:Candlewick PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0763678880

ISBN - 13:9780763678883


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book This is a girl power story about a princess who has a secret life as a superhero. I’ve been interested in this series for years. I love the images on the covers. Princess Magnolia is a tough girl, who lives her everyday life as a princess. No one knows about her secret life as a superhero. This story was very funny. Princess Magnolia was having tea when she heard her monster signal and she had to run way to change into her black costume to fight the dragon. This is unheard of because princesses don’t wear black. Princess Magnolia is a strong character for kids to read about. She doesn’t follow silly, old-fashioned rules so she can make a difference in the world. I loved reading her story, and I can’t wait to read more.
Date published: 2018-12-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 1st book of the series and not the last! After reading this book, we just couldn't wait for the subsequent releases. My 4 year old daughter just enjoys this story and asks to have it read to her again and again. I think the story is light but suspenseful and easy to follow. The length of the book is also perfect the pre-school/kinder age
Date published: 2018-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My preschooler loves these! We were given the first Princess in Black as a birthday gift and have read it many times over. It is easy to read and utterly charming. We have bought every book since. Love, love, love these! #plumreview
Date published: 2018-05-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from My 7 year old loved it! #plumreview My 7 year old doesn't love reading, so when she actually wanted to continue this book I knew we had found a winner! She loves the main character and was excited about the book.
Date published: 2018-05-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good intro to chapter books My daughters (4 and 6) really like these books. They are a good intro to chapter books and can easily be read in one sitting if desired.
Date published: 2018-04-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from very funny A great story for young readers and highly enjoyed at bedtime reading.
Date published: 2018-02-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 4 year old and 8 year old love My girls love reading this series aloud at bedtime. I'm ordering a few more books for bedtime story time.
Date published: 2018-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great series! My daughter loves this series! It is fun, easy to read and has colourful pictures throughout. Great price point as well
Date published: 2018-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My students love this! I bought this book for my ESL students in grade 7 and the girls absolutely love reading it. The text is at a level they understand and the content is something they enjoy.
Date published: 2017-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great stories! My students love this series. They are always asking for more!
Date published: 2017-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Princess In Black Great story. It was really easy for my 6 year old daughter to read. She loved the story and loved how the girl was a princess AND a secret ninja.
Date published: 2017-12-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perfect for Early Readers My 6 year old daughter loves to read this series. She feels like a big kid being able to read a chapter book. With lots of pictures and an exciting, sometimes silly storyline it captures her attention.
Date published: 2017-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love this story love the story of this series the plots are interesting, more developments for MC
Date published: 2017-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic book Loved reading these to my daughter and now, she is old enough to re-read them on her own.
Date published: 2017-11-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A different kind of princess I love the chance to offer a different princess narrative. My daughter loves that the books about a princess and that it's a big girl chapter book (she's 5). A win-win. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great chapter book for little ones. Our youngest was wanting to read "chapter books" like her older sister does. This is a fantastic way for younger readers to feel like they are older. While the book looks like a chapter book, it still has pictures in it. Princess in Black has become one of our favorite books to read together.
Date published: 2017-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from we love this book we are so happy that we found these books the hole series of them are so great!!
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love love love Me and my 7 year old daughter have all these books and just love them this writer is really good!
Date published: 2017-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good book for young readers It's a nice book and is a good recommendation for young readers.
Date published: 2017-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Adorable! Great alternative to your typical princess books. Empowering heroine and a fun story. The book is also well-illustrated and bigger in size than your regular chapter book making it ideal for kids transitioning out of picture books.
Date published: 2017-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great children's book! My 6 year old cousin absolutely loved this book! It really got her into reading!
Date published: 2017-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Big hit! This is the first chapter book we introduced to our 2.5yr daughter. She loved the book and it has great pictures to go along with the longer story. The chapters are short but the story is great at keeping her attention and getting her to remember from one day to the next. She asked to read it again the minute we finished and is so happy to be a big girl with her chapter book!
Date published: 2017-03-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great for early readers My six year old loves to read these books and my three year old like them being read to her! Win, win!
Date published: 2017-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book for young girls! My 5 year old loves these books! The stories are cute and she is thrilled to have chapter books.
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! My daughter loves this series! I love that the princess is also the caped crusader!
Date published: 2017-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy beginner chapter book This book is perfect for those transitioning to chapter books. The story is not too complex and the illustrations help those who are learning to read chapter books interested in longer stories.
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cute, but pretty simple A fun book, but a bit simple. I do like the underlying message that girls can be more than fluffy princesses, but would rather like it if there was a bit more substance.
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from For your princess and hero Love reading these books with my little lady. Cute, and fun to read. It's nice to see a story for girls that is more than just being a pretty princess in sparkly gowns, you can be tough, and fierce and a hero!
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So fun My daughter can't get enough of these books! Not a bad thing!
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from She loves it! It was hard to get my daughter into chapter books. This book did the trick! She can't wait to read the next one.
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best princess series! Our4 year old is transitioning to chapter books and this had been an amazing series! The story is captivating, the pictures are lovel, colorful and plentiful. Just a fantastic series!!! #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing start to empower young children I bought this as a gift to my cousin and she loved it. I recommend it for girls 5-6 years old.
Date published: 2016-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite of the series While we have enjoyed all of the books of this series, this one (the first) is by far our favourite. The plot is funny and effortless and the characters are entertaining. A perfect for book for a preschooler or early reader.
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I read this book to both my girls I have a girl who likes superheroes and one that likes princesses and this is a delightful book that they both love!
Date published: 2016-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read I bought this book for my niece and she loved it. A great way to start chapter books.
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 5 year-old daughter loved it My daughter and I read the book in three sittings. One of the first things she asked me in the morning was can we read the next one asap. There are some parts of the story that requires understanding of inferences so be prepared to explain as you read to young readers. For independent readers, I think it's great to have a bit of a challenge since not everything is patronizingly clear.
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Breaking the mold A good start in breaking the mold and starting discussions about gender could push things a lot farther though
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Princesses with a kick My daughter loves this series, and always asks me when the next book is coming out!
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Princess power My daughter and I really enjoy reading this series of princess in black together.
Date published: 2016-03-22

Editorial Reviews

This charmingly told book has lovely old-fashioned illustrations and a great message: You can’t judge a princess by the color of her gown.—New York Times Book ReviewThe rounded, cartoony illustrations featuring chubby characters keep the fight sequence soft and comical. ... The gently ironic text will amuse readers (including adults reading the book aloud). The large print and illustrations expand the book to a longish-yet-manageable length, giving newly independent readers a sense of accomplishment. ... Action, clever humor, delightful illustrations and expectation-defying secret identities—when does the next one come out?—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)The authors of "Rapunzel’s Revenge" and "Calamity Jack," writing here for a slightly younger audience, successfully turn the treacly princess genre on its ear, offering beginning readers a clever, adventurous, and self-reliant heroine who is equally at home in black or pink. Pham’s watercolor-and-ink illustrations, rendered in the style of the Disney classics, effectively contrast Magnolia’s identities and emphasize the text’s humor. Clever details (Duff and his goats eat popcorn on the sidelines as they watch the PIB do her thing) and short manageable sentences make for a promising, and sure to be wildly popular, new series debut.—Booklist (starred review)The Hales translate the humor and adventure that characterize their Rapunzel’s Revenge into prose form for a younger audience with aplomb and wit, giving amusing nods to both the Disney princess tradition and the superhero genre. Short sentences, a simple vocabulary with the occasional challenge, a manageable length, and a near picture-book level of illustrative density give this chapter book immense accessibility. Pham’s watercolor and ink art has a goofy cartoonishness, with the Princess’s doe-eyed damsel figure contrasting entertainingly with her ninja-like moves, and the monsters themselves are a parade of wacky Muppet-like creatures. Whether they prefer pink sparkles or superhero capes, readers, especially newly independent ones, will find themselves anxiously awaiting the next installment of the PIB’s adventure.—Bulletin of the Center for Children's BooksThe colorful illustrations on each page help move readers through the story as the heroic princess saves the day. The action-packed text in this beginner chapter book will enthrall and is ideal for independent reading or reading aloud. The ending leaves readers with just enough of a wink to hint at a future installment. Give this engaging read to fans of “Bink and Gollie".—School Library JournalThe Hales drop narrative breadcrumbs throughout the story, setting up subsequent titles in the planned series, and they build comic tension by alternating scenes of the masked princess’s monster-fighting with ones starring Duchess Wigtower, who Princess Magnolia has left waiting back at her castle, and who has a fondness for uncovering secrets.... Pham offers little jolts of energy and wit on every page, with full-page and spot illustrations that have the vivaciousness and irreverence of contemporary animation.—Publishers WeeklyFinally, a book for kids where a princess saves herself. ... Kids will love meeting this new non-traditional princess who bucks the stereotype of princesses past.—Metro USThis charming begining chapter book will please princess and action fans alike.—Milwaukee Journal SentinelFor readers who love "all things princess," it provides a fabulous vision of how the definition of a role can expand.—Blade