Book review: The Princess in Black, 4 out of 5 stars #bookaday

The Princess in Black book coverby Shannon Hale and Dean Hale; illustrated by LeUyen Pham
Beginning chapter book
Interest level: K-3
Reading level: 3.2
4 out of 5 stars

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!

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