Parents' Guide to

The Princess in Black

By Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Fun tale of monster-fighting princess who leads double life.

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age 5+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 5+


I had no objection to this story. It is a sweet story of a princess who dresses as a superhero to help keep the monsters who live below her town in their place. I am pretty careful about what my kids read and I had no objections. The monsters and brief fighting scene were mild and not scary or dark.

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age 7+
I love this book! One of my favorite childhood books. Princess Magnolia is a great role mode for little girls. She teaches that you should be yourself, whether that means wearing pink dresses or wearing black while doing Kung fu. It is a very good and original princess book that has a great role model. I recommend for any little girls (or boys) who enjoy princess stories and action stories. This book combines the two!

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Is It Any Good?

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THE PRINCESS IN BLACK is an engaging adventure story with a can't-keep-her-down superhero at its heart. Authors Shannon Hale (Princess Academy) and Dean Hale keeps things fun and light and create a charming strong female character who's part Zorro, part Superman, part ninja. LeUyen Pham's illustrations are cute, funny, and action-packed.

The whole package is great for read-aloud or beginning readers. And the introduction of boy goatherd Duff, who dreams of fighting alongside the Black Princess as the masked Goat Avenger, leaves the door open for more adventures to appeal to both boys and girls.

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