Reading/Interest Level: Preschool, Primary
Author: Shannon Hale and Dean Hale
Illustrator: LeUyen Pham
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Princess Magnolia and her unicorn, Frumplepants, are on their way to brunch with Princess Sneezewort when Princess Magnolia’s ring alerts her that there are monsters around. It is time for her to turn into the Princess in Black and for Frumplepants to turn into Blacky! When she goes to fight the monsters, however, all she sees are adorable bunnies. Duff the Goat Boy tries to convince her that the bunnies are dangerous when they are trying to eat all the grass, trees, and even his goats, but the Princess in Black is too enthralled by their cuteness to care until it is almost too late. The bunnies are about to eat her, but luckily Blacky can speak the language of Cuteness to save the day.
The third book in The Princess in Black Series, this story will delight old and new fans. It explains the characters and situations enough that new readers will be able to follow along with the story. Princess Magnolia is a gem of a character because while she is girly and loves feminine things, she can also be a superhero when she needs to be to help people in trouble. This book is especially fun because Blacky gets to save the day more than he has in the past, but the princess still has her chance to shine. With cute illustrations and funny writing, people of all ages will enjoy reading about the adventures of the Princess in Black.