Thursday, March 10, 2016

SERIES THURSDAY: The Princess in Black and the Hungry Bunny Horde by Shannon Hale & Dean Hale


It’s a case of monstrous cuteness as the Princess in Black encounters her biggest challenge yet: a field overrun by adorable bunnies.

Princess Magnolia and her unicorn, Frimplepants, are on their way to have brunch with Princess Sneezewort, an occasion Frimplepants enjoys more than anything in the world. But just when he can smell the freshly baked bread and the heaping platters of sugar-dusted doughnuts, Princess Magnolia’s glitter-stone ring rings. The monster alarm! After a quick change in the secret cave, Princess Magnolia and Frimplepants are transformed into the Princess in Black and her faithful pony, Blacky. But when they get to the goat pasture, all they can see is a field full of darling little bunnies nibbling on grass, twitching their velvet noses, and wiggling their fluffy tails. Where are the monsters? Are these bunnies as innocent as they appear?


The Hales have created another winning book with The Princess in Black and the Hungry Bunny Horde.  Princess Magnolia presents a tough picture when she dresses up and tackles monsters as the Princess in Black.  But she is as susceptible as anyone to cuteness, and the horde of bunnies she faces in this book are utterly adorable.  It's funny to read about the goat boy's efforts to convince her that the bunnies aren't as sweet as they are cute, as they devour everything in sight, including a goat horn and a complete tree.  But interestingly it isn't the Princess in Black who saves the day, which adds a nice twist to the story.  The bunnies scaring off the other monsters is pretty funny as well.  Pham, as in the other Princess in Black stories, steals the show with her gorgeous illustrations.  A surefire winner for young readers who enjoy princess stories or superhero stories or both. This continues to be one of my favorite series to read and share.

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