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The Princess in Black and the Perfect…

The Princess in Black and the Perfect Princess Party

by Shannon Hale, Dean Hale

Other authors: LeUyen Pham (Illustrator)

Series: Princess in Black (2)

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  SteppLibrary | Mar 31, 2017 |
Some people can't stand the whole princess thing, others haven't lost it even though they've grown up; I never thought of myself as being afflicted with the desire, but then I really enjoyed a series of books called Castles Ever After which might as well have been commissioned by some sort of Secret Adult Princess Division of Disney. Both the daughters came down with a case when they started preschool, one traditionally (so much Belle merch) the other with an edge (Zombie Princess), and both gave it up in favor of other, more literally kick-ass heroines. These books are perfect for that phase: the swashbuckling and monster-fighting will appeal to nearly all kids, the princesses are a diverse lot, there's a disability addressed as no big deal, and they are funny enough for adults to read repeatedly as they will no doubt be forced to do.

Write on, Shannon Hale, long may you reign as Queen of the Kickass Princess!

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  Kaethe | Oct 17, 2016 |
"Who says princesses don't wear black?"

This book begins all pink and princessy, complete with a unicorn! But Princess Magnolia has a secret identity, as does the unicorn! They have to save goats from being eaten by monsters! A fun, fun read! ( )
  Stahl-Ricco | Sep 18, 2016 |
Princess Magnolia, the eponymous Princess in Black, returns in this second chapter-book devoted to her adventures. Opening as she prepares for her birthday party, to which twelve sparkly fellow princesses have been invited, the story follows her as she is continually called away to fight monsters. As she slips in and out of the castle, and in and out of her alter-ego, Princess Magnolia grows ever more flustered. Will she ever get to open her presents, or will the monsters escaping from Monster Land ruin her party...?

Like it predecessor, The Princess in Black and the Perfect Princess Party pairs a humorous and entertaining tale with colorful artwork that will keep young readers engaged. The story is a little repetitive, compared to the first book, but that's a natural result of its structure, as the princess is forced to continually rush out to battle monsters, when all she wants to do is open her presents. I thought that there was more of a sense of Princess Magnolia enjoying both of her roles here, whereas in the first book it felt almost that her public persona was a chore, compared to her secret (and more exciting) life as a monster-battling hero. Here there is more balance, and both roles are seen as positive, making the secretive nature of The Princess in Black's activities less problematic. On another note, while I appreciated the inclusion of a diverse range of princesses, in Princess Magnolia's party guests, I do wonder if their depiction will raise any red flags with those particularly attuned to issues of representation and stereotype. It's clear that illustrator LeUyen Pham was trying to emphasize the geographic and cultural diversity of the princesses, but I imagine that there will be those who see her depiction of some of them as objectionable. For my part, I think their depiction is in keeping with that of Princess Magnolia herself - everyone is very much meant to be a generic 'type,' whether that be a faux-medieval European princess, or an early, pre-modernized Native American one.

With the caveat that those particularly sensitive to these issues might want to proceed with caution, I'd recommend The Princess in Black and the Perfect Princess Party to those readers who have read and enjoyed the first book in this series, as well as to those looking for 'princessy' tale with a slightly different, more girl-positive bent. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Aug 25, 2016 |
This is a great fantasy chapter book. Princess Magnolia is celbrating her birthday! Everytime she is about to open presents she is alerted that a monster is in the kingdom. She rushes to the broom closet, changes out of her pink princess dress into her Princess in Black outfit. No one knows of her secret persona - Princess in Black. But she saves the day - multiple times. She has to distract her friends from finding out that she has been sneaking off to save the kingdom. This is a great story about girl power. I would use this book as an option for my students to read, as well as just having it available in my classroom.
Media: Watercolor and Ink
  anine14 | Apr 13, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0763665118, Hardcover)

Inconvenient monster alarms, a sparkly array of princess guests, and spot-on slapstick pacing make for a party readers will celebrate.

Today is Princess Magnolia’s birthday party, and she wants everything to be perfect. But just as her guests are arriving . . . Brring! Brring! The monster alarm! Princess Magnolia runs to the broom closet, ditches her frilly clothes, and becomes the Princess in Black! She rushes to the goat pasture, defeats the monster, and returns to the castle before her guests discover her secret. But every time Princess Magnolia is about to open her presents, the monster alarm rings again. And every time she rushes back—an inside-out dress here, a missing shoe there—it gets harder to keep the other princesses from being suspicious. Don’t those monsters understand that now is not a good time for an attack?

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