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Inconvenient monster alarms, a sparkly array of princess guests, and spot-on slapstick pacing make for a party readers will celebrate.
Today is Princess Magnolia’s birthday party, and she wants everything to be perfect. But just as her guests are arriving . . . Brring! Brring! The monster alarm! Princess Magnolia runs to the broom closet, ditches her frilly clothes, and becomes the Princess in Black! She rushes to the goat pasture, defeats the monster, and returns to the castle before her guests discover her secret. But every time Princess Magnolia is about to open her presents, the monster alarm rings again. And every time she rushes back—an inside-out dress here, a missing shoe there—it gets harder to keep the other princesses from being suspicious. Don’t those monsters understand that now is not a good time for an attack?
About the Author
Shannon and Dean Hale are the award-winning husband-and-wife team behind The Princess in Black, illustrated by LeUyen Pham. Shannon Hale is also the author of the Newbery Honor novel Princess Academy as well as the New York Times best-selling series Ever After High. Shannon and Dean Hale live in Salt Lake City, Utah.
LeUyen Pham is the illustrator of many books for children, including God’s Dream by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Douglas Carlton Abrams and Aunt Mary’s Rose by Douglas Wood, as well as the Freckleface Strawberry books by Julianne Moore. LeUyen Pham lives in California.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I didn't like this book at much as the first book. And not even just because of the 12 extra princesses. It's Princess Magnolia's birthday, so she's invited her princess friends to the castle for a party. But during that party the monster alarm keeps going off. And she keeps having to come up with excuses to distract the other princesses, so no one figures out her secret. There was a lot of back and forth between the party and the goat pasture. And more monsters. Sort of. Unlike the first book, Hale doesn't show the monster point of view, which made it a little less funny. The first book was so unique and fun, and Princess Magnolia was trying to keep her secret from a snooping Duchess, so I didn't mind the lying. In this story, she keeps lying to her friends about what the alarm is. I know that's a thing with super heroes, but I've never really understood why super heroes need to be so secretive. One of the princesses seems to be on to Princess Magnolia, and I was really hoping she'd figure it out. Also, I was disappointed that Duff didn't make much of an appearance in this book, except to yell for help. I understand the desire to have a story where the girl is the hero, but isn't there a little room for a boy side kick? Maybe young girls and parents of girls will enjoy this book more than I did. I'm still hopeful that the third book will be a little more appealing to boys as well as girls. I will definitely still check it out when it's published. I'm just sad I didn't enjoy this book more. http://www.momsradius.com/2015/10/kid-lit-princess-in-black-and-perfect.html