Thursday, December 8, 2016

SERIES THURSDAY: The Princess in Black Takes a Vacation by Shannon Hale & Dean Hale


Even monster-battling princesses get tired sometimes! But a peaceful time away is hard to find as the humorous New York Times best-selling series continues.

After battling monsters all night, a sleepy Princess in Black decides that she needs a vacation. After all, the Goat Avenger, a new hero who looks oddly familiar, has offered to protect the goats while she takes a much needed break. The very next day Princess Magnolia rides her bicycle to the seaside, where the air is salty, the sun is shiny, and the sea is as blue as monster fur. But just as Princess Magnolia is about to take a nap on her hammock, she hears a "ROAR!" Seriously? A monster? On the perfect beach? Impossible! Could a sea monster really ruin this vacation for the Princess in Black?


I am delighted to highlight this new book in one of my very favorite series.  Shannon Hale and Dean Hale, along with LeUyen Pham have created a truly winning series.  In this volume, the Princess in Black has discovered that one of the downsides to having a double identity is very little sleep.  Frankly, she's exhausted, and when the Goat Avenger suggests she take a vacation while he watches out for monsters, she's more than happy to agree.  Unfortunately, once she's at the beach, things take a turn for the worse when a sea monster shows up to create chaos.  Can the Princess in Black save the day again or will she stay in hiding with her friend Princess Sneezewort?  Once again, the Hales and Pham have created the perfect book.  A delightful text with great read a loud potential (lots of sound effects built right in) and the gorgeous illustrations that highlight poor Princess Marigold's utter exhaustion.  I felt tired just looking at her. I especially love the fact that Princess Marigold is a pink-loving sweetheart and a black-wearing monster fighter at the same time. So often society tells kids they need to fit into one neat box or another, with no cross-over between them.  But in reality no one fits into a nice, neat little box, and these books demonstrate that to perfection. I'm sorry I'm gushing, but I really do love this series.  If you haven't tried it yet I highly recommend that you do.

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