The Princess in Black Takes a Vacation
The Princess in Black Takes a Vacation

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Series: The Princess in Black Vol. 4   

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Annotation: A sleepy Princess in Black takes a much-needed vacation and rides her bicycle to the seaside, where she plans to nap in a hammock, but her peace is disrupted by a roaring sea monster.
Catalog Number: #138298
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Special Formats: Chapter Book Chapter Book
Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Copyright Date: 2017
Edition Date: 2016
Illustrator: Pham, LeUyen,
Pages: 87 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-7636-9451-7 Perma-Bound: 0-605-97112-9
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-7636-9451-7 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-97112-7
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2016947248
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
After a long night spent battling numerous monsters, the Princess in Black (PIB) is so exhausted she needs help. Enter the Goat Avenger, looking suspiciously like Duff, the goat boy. He subdues the latest fiend for her and recommends a vacation. She bicycles off for a seaside holiday, but soon encounters an enormous leviathan that tosses her onto a deserted island. Meanwhile, back at the goat pasture, the Goat Avenger hones his superhero skills by training a squirrel to assist him. The Hales' decision to alternate perspectives with each chapter interrupts the narrative flow a bit (especially for readers unfamiliar with these characters), but series fans will appreciate the development of the Duff/Goat Avenger's backstory. Pham's expressive artwork appears on almost every page, effectively breaking up the text for emerging readers, as well as helping them to visualize the story details. Particularly amusing are the paired illustrations that compare the Goat Avenger and Duff. Recommend the PIB series to Kate DiCamillo's Mercy Watson graduates looking for a new fix.
Kirkus Reviews
As the title suggests, the Princess in Black attempts to take a much-needed vacation.Worn down by constant monster alarms, Princess Magnolia, aka the Princess in Black, can hardly stay awake when fighting the furry, brightly colored monsters menacing her kingdom—this is seen in a funny fight sequence where her usual attacks have been replaced with such maneuvers as the “sluggish swing” and “double dozy.” Luckily, a new hero arrives: the Goat Avenger, who has the same height and smile as Duff the goat boy but “couldn’t be Duff. Duff did not wear a mask.” Duff—as the Goat Avenger—suggests that the princess needs a vacation and offers to handle monster duty in her absence. Princess Magnolia hits the beach and runs into Princess Sneezewort before settling in for a nap—which is promptly interrupted by a giant rampaging sea monster! This nifty battle sequence alternates with scenes of Duff, who amps himself up for battling monsters, liberates a squirrel that has set off a false alarm, and is finally assisted by the squirrel in facing an acorn monster. The dual storylines keep the pace exciting, and—even though the protagonist is sleepy—the art is energetic and charming. Princess Magnolia has fair skin, Duff’s is a little bit darker, and the beachgoers are pleasingly diverse. As always, hilarious; perhaps the strongest Princess in Black outing since the first. (Fantasy. 5-8)
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Word Count: 2,144
Reading Level: 3.0
Interest Level: 1-4
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.0 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 186969 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:2.2 / points:3.0 / quiz:Q70010
Lexile: 340L
Guided Reading Level: L
Fountas & Pinnell: L

Even monster-battling princesses get tired sometimes! But a peaceful time away is hard to find as the humorous New York Times best-selling series continues.

After battling monsters all night, a sleepy Princess in Black decides that she needs a vacation. After all, the Goat Avenger, a new hero who looks oddly familiar, has offered to protect the goats while she takes a much needed break. The very next day Princess Magnolia rides her bicycle to the seaside, where the air is salty, the sun is shiny, and the sea is as blue as monster fur. But just as Princess Magnolia is about to take a nap on her hammock, she hears a “ROAR!” Seriously? A monster? On the perfect beach? Impossible! Could a sea monster really ruin this vacation for the Princess in Black?

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