A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
This is a fun fantasy meant to entertain, but it does show process of problem-solving: trying different things on the way to a solution, discovering consequences of quick fixes that just kick the problem down the road to someone else's backyard.
Some jobs are too much for just one hero -- teamwork helps!
Positive Role Models
The brave, problem-solving princess-heroes have various skin tones and hints of various ethnic heritages. They work hard to rid the land of goat-eating monsters but are also kind and compassionate, in this case giving the monster a deep cleaning rather than bashing him.
Violence & Scariness
Plenty of action but no cartoon violence this time. In climactic scene, instead of displaying battle words like "smash," the double-page spread shows the team of heroes sudsing up the monster with highlighted phrases like "Twinkle twinkle," "Soapy slip!" and "Little splash!"
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Princess in Black and the Bedtime Battle is the seventh book in the fun fantasy-adventure series for beginning readers by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale, and illustrated by LeUyen Pham. Previous stories have focused on The Princess in Black keeping her hero identity secret from her princess friends as she fights to keep goat-eating monsters underground in Monster Land. But now those princesses all have secret hero personas, too! Here all the heroes, including the one boy, the Goat Avenger, team up to get rid of a big stinky blob floating over their kingdoms -- which turns out to be a monster, too.
Is It Any Good?
This wacky adventure is loaded with gross, smelly stuff kids will enjoy as well as great messages about teamwork and problem-solving. It's fun to see that all of The Princess in Black's princess friends' have their own secret hero personas -- and unusual hero pets, too! The Princess in Black and the Bathtime Battle ends with a hint that there are "more heroes out there." This beloved series shows no sign of slowing down.
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