Friday, April 21, 2017

Book Review :: Princess in Black Takes a Vacation

The Princess in Black Takes a Vacation - Written by Shannon & Dean Hale, illustrated by LeUyen Pham

"Even monster-battling princesses get tired sometimes! But a peaceful time away is hard to find as the humorous New York Times best-selling series continues."

Princess in Black is a brand new discovery for us, and immediately popular!  Eleanor is chewing through books these days, so hard to keep up.  She'll happily reread her favourites, but it's always a welcome treat to get hold of some fresh new reads.  Both kids thought this story was hilarious!  They loved the characters, and will basically give a run-down of the entire story to anyone who will listen (usually me, I know sooo much about the Goat Avenger, fyi).

The story length is short, not much longer than a picture book, and suitable for beginner readers.  It's loaded with cute illustrations that will slow your speedy readers down (a little), and hopefully entice a more reluctant reader.  Actually, The Princess in Black series would make perfect bridging books for readers just approaching chapter books.   Packaged in hardback with a shiny dustcover, young readers will definitely feel as though they are stepping up, with a nice shiny book reward to boot!  I wish we'd discovered them earlier, as moving into chapter books can be an intimidating transition.

We're super keen to get hold of the others in this series (and keep an eye out for upcoming titles).  Garland is just as keen to have these stories, so they may make the perfect enticement when we start the process of learning to read.  Eeeeep!  I have no idea how that's gonna go...

Check your bookstore or library for The Princess in Black, including this most recent title.

Review copy kindly provided to us by Walker Books.

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