It’s mayhem at the science fair! A squishy goo monster is a challenge for the Princess in Black — but luckily some science-loving princesses are on hand to help.
Princess Magnolia is excited. Excited and nervous. She’s going to the Interkingdom Science Fair today to present her poster about seeds and plants, and when she arrives, she sees that her friends are there too! Princess Honeysuckle made a mole habitat, Princess Sneezewort has built a blanket fort, and Tommy Wigtower has a talking volcano that’s saying “EAAAAT!” Wait, what? A surprise goo monster makes this a job for the Princess in Black, and the Princess in Blankets is on the scene to lend a hand. But will two masked heroes be enough to save the science fair? A little scientific problem-solving — and a lot of princess power — will make the sixth entry in the New York Times best-selling series a smash hit.
About the Author
Shannon Hale and Dean Hale are the award-winning husband-and-wife team behind the Princess in Black series, 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 Hale and Dean Hale live in Salt Lake City, Utah.
LeUyen Pham is the illustrator of many books for children, including Real Friends by Shannon Hale and Aunt Mary’s Rose by Douglas Wood. LeUyen Pham lives in California.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Princess Magnolia is attending her first Interkingdom Science Fair where she will be showing her poster about how seeds turn into plants. Whilst she is away from her castle she leaves The Goat Avenger in charge of dealing with the monsters – She’s hoping to have a monster free day. When she arrives at the fair she meets up with her friends, Princess Orchid, Princess Sneezewort, Princess Snapdragon, and Princess Honeysuckle who are all there hoping to win first prize for their science projects. On looking around the other projects Princess Magnolia comes across a talking volcano. Turns out that whilst trying to make his volcano erupt, Tommy Wigtower made a monster inside instead. It’s time for Princess Magnolia to become ‘The Princess in Black’ and save the day – With a little help from her friends, including ‘The Princess in Blankets’. This is the third book in the Princess in Black series that I have read. I read ‘The Princess in Black Takes a Holiday‘ last year and ‘The Princess in Black and the Mysterious Playdate‘ last week. Each book gets better and better as the series evolves. The books are all filled to the brim with amazing artwork from illustrator LeUyen Pham which truly brings the story to life. This is a series that all little girls should be reading. It shows how a feminine young girl who happens to be a princess and loves the colour pink becomes a tough monster-fighting superhero princess. The stories are all enjoyable and with there being six books in the series at present there are lots of adventures for children to get through.
Dainty princess meets princess power in an adventure which brings fantasy, humor and even science under one tiara. Princess Magnolia is excited and nervous about her trip and contribution to the science fair. She didn't really spend much time on it and is not sure what to expect. Upon arrival, she meets her princess friends and each has a project which leaves hers looking more miserable with each step she takes. When she reaches Tommy's project, she notices something isn't right. The volcano refuses to explode, and it talks! Only the Princess in Black can solve what happens next. This chapter book is great for readers who are pretty sure of their words, but aren't ready to dive into anything difficult. The sentences are kept short and simple as well as most of the vocabulary. At first, it came across as almost too simple but the story grabs quickly to create a fun, easy read. Each page holds bright and fun illustrations, while the text—written in a large font—never comes across as too much or heavy. It's a great balance which won't scare off more reluctant readers. The author does a lovely job at mixing princess puffiness and perfect etiquette with bold and adventurous heroism. The princess are sweet yet a little fumbly and awkward, while still being prim and proper. It makes each one easy to love and promises a dash of silliness and excitement. The toss in of monsters hit a little quirky at first, but it works and adds the right zest to the adventure. There's also a dab of science in this adventure, but never too much. Each project at the fair glides over with a quick bit of information but it's so light that readers catch it without feeling sciency. Later, the projects are brought in again as the princesses do their best to handle the goo monster. The science aspects don't run deep, but they are there and open up kids to some basic concepts. I received a complimentary copy through Library Thing and found this tale to be such a wonderful mixture that I wanted to leave my honest thoughts.
The Princess in Black series is way popular in our library and they just keep on getting better and better each time you read them. In the science fair scare one of the princess' friends adds monster fur to a volcano and baking soda and vinegar activates the monster and brings it to life. This book will circulate very well just in time for Halloween and our young readers are bound to love it. Thank you NetGalley and Candlewick Press for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. This title is sure to be added to the rest of the Princess in Black Books in our JFiction chapter books collection in our library. That is why we give this book 4 stars.