Promising Bloom: The Princess in Black
The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale; illustrated by LeUyen Pham. 9780763665104. October 2014. Gr. K-3
What a week! We don’t post Promising Blooms very often since we like to reserve the designation for the very best books that we just can’t wait to talk about, and this week you get two Promising Blooms. Very exciting stuff!
The Princess in Black is definitely one of those books. I really can’t wait until October to tell you about this delightful early chapter book.
Perhaps I’m a bit biased because I already loved Shannon Hale’s books and LeUyen Pham’s illustrations, so I was excited to see this book before I’d even opened it. And once I read the story, I knew this would be a book I would eagerly share with many young readers—starting with my princess-obsessed six-year-old daughter.
Princess Magnolia looks like a typical princess. She wears a frilly, pink dress and sips her hot chocolate daintily as princesses should. But she has a secret! When the monster alarm rings, she slips away and dons her secret, super-hero identity: the Princess in Black.
This early chapter book is for the little ones, girls or boys, who sometimes want to be fancy and proper and other times want to fight monsters and save the day because you get to do both if you want to. I am very happy to have another book to add to the list of non-traditional princesses of children’s literature, and I highly recommend it.