Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Early Chapter Book for Girls

Fun early chapter book alert, and just in time for Christmas ... what luck!  If you have a girl who loves to be a frilly princess by day and a ninja princess by night, do I have the book for you.  Clever text and wonderful illustrations make this the perfect early chapter book for girls.

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Title: The Princess in Black

Author: Shannon Hale

Target:Kindergarten - Grade 3

Series:This book is the first in a planned series

What this book is about: 
Princess Magnolia is having hot chocolate with the Duchess when her secret monster alarm rings.  Princesses are supposed to be prim and proper, however, you can’t be that prim and proper when you are fighting a monster!  Princess Magnolia carefully slips away to transform into the Princess in Black, a girl with courage and moxie who can take on whatever our big blue monster can dish out.  She saves the day, never letting others in on her transformation.

Why I love this book: 
Of course a book where the girl gets to be lovely, lacy and all in pink and also the girl in black who can hog-tie a monster is just perfect.  And she never looses her tiara.  I love the appeal to girls who are normally very frilly that they too can have a bolder side.  

The illustrations by LeUyen Pham are absolutely charming and make the characters so likable.  The text is comical, so there are some good laughs.

If you took a Disney princess and shook it up in a bag with a superhero, you would get the Princess in Black.  

Who this book is for: 
Great for newly independent readers.  There are pictures on every page and large type.  It would also be a good read aloud.

Final thoughts: 
I got to see some of the artwork for the next book in the series and it is delightful.  Princesses from around the world bring some diversity into this new offering from Shannon Hale.

To purchase this book:
Click on the following link to connect to Amazon: The Princess in Black  A portion of each purchase will go back to support this blog at no cost to you.  Thank you for your support.

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