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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."
- ISBN-13: 9780763665104
- ISBN-10: 076366510X
- Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
- Publish Date: October 2014
- Page Count: 96
- Reading Level: Ages 5-8
Series: Princess in Black
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-08-11
- Reviewer: Staff
With her cherubic face, gold curls, sparkly tiara, glass slippers, and meringuelike pink-on-pink ensemble, Princess Magnolia seems the epitome of a “prim and perfect” princess. But she has a secret life, one that involves donning a stylish black costume and defeating monsters (who are more goofy than scary, truth be told) that threaten her kingdom. The Hales (Rapunzel’s Revenge) 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. “The Princess in Black hoped the duchess would not snoop,” ends chapter six, as the heroine is seen tying up a furry blue monster. “The duchess began to snoop,” begins chapter seven. Pham (A Piece of Cake) 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. Ages 5–8. Authors’ agent: Barry Goldblatt, Barry Goldblatt Literary. Illustrator’s agent: Linda Pratt, Wernick & Pratt. (Oct.)