The princess rides again to save her kingdom (and goats) from monsters! But can she be both the Princess in Black and Princess Magnolia? The latest installment in Hale’s NYT bestselling series. Ages 5-8. — Leah Moore
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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Princess and adventure fans alike will clamor for an invite to this not-so-perfect but oh-so-entertaining party. —School Library Journal
Keeping the world safe from monsters is a daunting task. And only the PIB can accomplish this while throwing the perfect party! Expect high demand. —Booklist
A lively cohort between the ages of 5 and 9 will rejoice to learn that their favorite royal monster-vanquisher has returned, in Shannon Hale and Dean Hale’s The Princess in Black and the Perfect Princess Party. —The Wall Street Journal
The stories are filled with humor and action, and they show that girls, even girly-girls, can also fight crime and be heroes. —Examiner.com
Girls who loved the Pinkalicious series (HarperCollins) should find this chapter book easy on the eye and paced for the average reader. —School Library Connection