This is a great chapter book for beginning independent readers. The main character is Princess Magnolia, who wears pink and all things sparkly during the day, but when the monster alarm goes off, she enters the broom closet and transforms into the Princess in Black.
Shannon Hale has created a fun and independent character who can be both girly and strong. This is the first book in a new series. I can see first-grade girls really getting into this series. There is humor and engaging characters, and the illustrations are colorful and perfect for the fairy tale-like setting. Fun!