The Princess in Black

By Shannon and Dean Hale

Hi! I’ve thought a lot about how to start my reviews and I’ve decided to start out with a question at the beginning. My question for this book review is: “What is your favorite book to read?” Tell me sometime soon.

This book is about a princess and a duchess. The duchess unexpectedly appeared at the princess’ tower. The princess’ name is Princess Magnolia and the duchess’ name is Duchess Wigtower. Duchess Wigtower liked to learn everyone’s secret. She told Princess Magnolia this. Princess Magnolia got frightened because she had a very big secret. She was secretly the Princess in Black! All of a sudden, her ring started beeping. The ring was her monster alarm. She didn’t want Duchess Wigtower to know, so she said, “Maybe it’s just a bird,” even though the beep didn’t sound anything like a bird. “Maybe it’s sick,” she said. And she ran off to stop the monster!

Princess Magnolia rode on her pony to the monster. Will they defeat the monster? Will the duchess figure out her secret? Or will everything be just fine? As I always say, read the book to find out!

One more thing about this book – the point of view switches throughout the story from Princess Magnolia to the duchess. I thought that was kind of cool.

I recommend this book because it is very short and I don’t like to be anxious for too long. I know that you don’t either. I also liked it because it was about a princess and a super hero. In fact, even better since the princess WAS the super hero! And I like books about both of those things.

A few helpful things I like to say about the books I read:

“Run and Get Mom” (how I describe the scariness factor):
There were no scary parts in this book. Thank goodness!

“Yucky-Lovey Stuff” (how I describe the romance factor):
There was definitely no kissing in this book. You’re safe!


I give this book 4 wands.
It only gets 4 out of 5 because I like short books, but when they only take me about 10 minutes to read, I usually like to move onto longer books and don’t think about the short book anymore.