The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale & Dean Hale and illustrated by LeUyen Pham – “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?”
Why should you read this book?
ML immediately gravitated to this book because black is currently her favorite color. Plus, you can tell from the cover this isn’t your typical princess. ML informed me recently she doesn’t like princesses anymore… except Elsa and Anna. I’m pretty certain her tune will change in March. Her dad is surprising her with a daddy/daughter trip to Disney. When he approached me about taking her, I had one request, “Please take her on It’s a Small Word.” It was my favorite ride when I visited Disney forty plus years ago.
An important note to parents of boys.
This book should be read with boys too. The author explains why better than I could on her blog post “Boys and the Princess in Black.”