The Princess in Black
The Princess in Black

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Series: The Princess in Black Vol. 1   

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Annotation: When a big blue monster threatens the local goat herd, dainty Princess Magnolia transforms into her monster-busting alter ego, the Princess in Black, and saves the day.
Catalog Number: #96043
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
All Formats: Search
Special Formats: Chapter Book Chapter Book
Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Copyright Date: 2014
Edition Date: 2015
Illustrator: Pham, LeUyen,
Pages: 89 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-7636-7888-0 Perma-Bound: 0-605-85413-0
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-7636-7888-3 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-85413-0
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2013955700
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
Princess Magnolia is entertaining the nosy Duchess Wigtower when the monster alarm sounds, summoning her to transform into her alter ego--the Princess in Black--and send a wayward blue monster back where he belongs. The Hales have boiled the adventure story down to its essential elements, and Pham's action-packed color illustrations keep things light. Clearly a series-starter rather than a standalone story.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3 In this atypical princess story, the refined and frilly Princess Magnolia is having hot chocolate and scones with the proper Duchess Wigtower when suddenly the monster alarm sounds. As readers quickly find out, Princess Magnolia is actually the Princess in Black. She dons a black cape and ninjalike outfit to fights the monsters that come from Monster Land. Her superhero identity is top secret; Duchess Wigtower must not find out. While the Princess in Black wages battle, Duchess Wigtower snoops around her castle, always looking for evidence of the princesses' imperfections. Meanwhile, Duff the goat boy suspects the true identity of the Princess in Black and considers helping her. The 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" (Candlewick). Nancy Jo Lambert, McSpedden Elementary Frisco, TX
Starred Review ALA Booklist
*Starred Review* Properly pink Princess Magnolia is having cocoa and scones with Duchess Wigtower when her glitter-stone ring signals a dangerous beast at large. Quickly excusing herself, she secretly slips into black garb to become the Princess in Black, off to do battle with a hungry blue monster. Assisted by Blacky, her trusty steed, she executes several ninja moves (including the Princess Pounce and the Hornswaggle Hop), decisively hog-tying her prey. But Magnolia worries that the nosy duchess may snoop, unmasking her secret identity. Meanwhile Duff, an unassuming goat, appreciates the PIB's talents, and he dreams of one day becoming the Goat Avenger. The authors of Rapunzel's Revenge (2008) and Calamity Jack (2010), 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 d sure to be wildly popular w series debut.
Word Count: 2,079
Reading Level: 3.2
Interest Level: 1-4
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.2 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 170112 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:2.3 / points:3.0 / quiz:Q65024
Lexile: 500L
Guided Reading Level: L
Fountas & Pinnell: L

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.

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