I love, Love, LOVE, Shannon Hale! Can I just be honest? At first, I really didn’t like her newest book. (gasp) …I know…but listen. I’ve just finished The Princess In Black and I’ve now decided that it is a great book for beginning readers! I think I was hoping for her normal, “can’t put it down, princess who don’t mess around” book. When I really think about it though, this book is just that except on a lower reading level. So, I stepped out of the box and took a second look at the book. I’m glad I did because I will for sure recommend it frequently.
Princess Magnolia (dressed in all pink…of course) is having hot chocolate and scones with Duchess Wigtower, when she is called away to tend to some irritating monsters. By secretly becoming “The Princess In Black”, Magnolia jumps on her faithful unicorn/horse in disguise Blacky and gallops away to fight off the monsters that are plaguing the kingdom. While Magnolia is out fighting off monsters, Duchess Wigtower is convinced there is something suspicious going on. With short chapters and vivid illustrations, this book is a great find for a beginner reader that is transitioning over into “the big stacks”. I’m tellin’ ya though, once your reader hits about 5th grade reading level, pick up The Goose Girl and Princess Academy. They are excellent choices!
That Book Mama