The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale, review by Melissa Fox
In so many books, princesses are princesses and superheroes are superheroes. But author Shannon Hale and her sidekick/husband/sometime writing partner, Dale, have a proposition: what if a girl can be both a princess AND a superhero?
Princess Magnolia is everything a princess should be: proper, delicate, dressed in pink fluffy dresses. She has hot chocolate and scones for afternoon tea. She hosts duchesses. She does everything she's supposed to do.
Except, Princess Magnolia is secretly the Princess in Black, rescuer of threatened goats (and goat boys).
The Duchess Wigtower has other ideas: she has stopped by the castle to make sure that Princess Magnolia is keeping to the Princess Code and not doing anything unbecoming. So, what is Princess Magnolia supposed to do when she gets a call that the Big Bad Monsters are sneaking out to eat goats? Well... sneak out of the castle herself, of course! A superhero *always *needs to come to the rescue.
In The Princess in Black, the Hales (along with the illustrator, LeUyen Pham) give girls (and boys, too!) a princess/superhero they can cheer for and laugh with. Liberally illustrated with cheerful pictures, this book is perfect for those who loved Kate DiCamillo's Mercy Watson series. It's a simple story with simple words disguised with a lot of silliness.
All of which will make beginning readers very happy.