When I first saw this on the shelf, I was a little confused. What was this tiny black thing doing next to books like The Princess Academy and The Books of Bayern? Was this even by Shannon Hale? I brought it home, read it, and was hooked. The simplicity of the story is good, and I love the plot. I think the mix of princesses and monsters is done really well, even though they don’t usually go together.
Short snippet from The Princess in Black:
“Princesses do not run.
Princesses do not stuff frilly pink dresses into broom closets.
Princesses do not wear black.
And princesses most definitely do not slide down secret chutes and high-jump castle walls.
But then, most princesses do not live near an entrance to Monster Land.”
Princess Magnolia has a secret identity: she is really the Princess in Black! One day when she is having tea with a nosy duchess, her glitter-stone alarm rings, so she makes an excuse to leave and minces out the door. Then when the duchess can’t see her anymore, she races to the broom closet and puts on her Princess in Black outfit. She slides down her secret chute and onto her trusty steed Blacky. But the whole time she is fighting monsters, she worries that the duchess will snoop around and find the broom closet. Will she get back to her castle in time? Or will her secret get discovered?
I think that the message of The Princess in Black is not to judge someone by what they look, because Princess Magnolia is dainty and perfect, just like a princess should be, but on the inside she is also the Princess in Black. As Princess Magnolia, she is scared of lots of things and is very fragile, but as the Princess in Black she battles monsters fearlessly and is not afraid of getting her hands dirty.
I found this book at the library. You can also buy The Princess in Black on Amazon.
In The Princess in Black, she has to save goats from being eaten by a fluffy blue monster. Because of that, I give this book
It’s great for girls and boys ages four to nine. I still like it too, and my brother Brig even asked if he could read it. It is funny and clean, with aspects that appeal to monster-loving little boys and princess-addicted little girls. If you have either one, this book is a must-get!