A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Fantasy meant to entertain.
When you need help solving a problem, ask others for help. Teamwork can help you problem-solve and accomplish your goal.
Positive Role Models
The Princess in Black and all the heroes are brave and willing to help out in a crisis. The diverse heroes have various skin tones and hairstyles, indicating different ethnicities.
Violence & Scariness
There's a snowball fight, the heroes try to trip the giant with some twine. The giant looks like he's going to eat the Goat Avenger but after gnawing on his legs with his gums he drops him in the snow.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Princess in Black and the Giant Problem is the eighth volume in Shannon Hale and Dean Hale's fun Princess in Black series. This one is different in two ways: 1) it's set in a wintery, snowy landscape; 2) the main character and her other hero friends are fighting one monster above ground rather than many monsters who come up from a hole in the ground leading to Monster Land in order to eat goats. And it's not actually a monster, it's a giant. There's the usual cartoon violence, playful incidents, inventive problem solving, and upbeat teamwork and bravery.
Is It Any Good?
This snowy adventure finds some new ways to keep the series fresh. The Princess in Black and the Giant Problem goes beyond the hole down to Monster Land and gives the heroes someone new to battle: a giant. And the three main characters get help from four new princess heroes. We've met them before, but here we see them joining in to play a big part in saving the day. There are silly moments, lots of cartoon battle action, an emphasis on teamwork, and a fun twist about who the giant is and why he's on a rampage yelling "Squashy!"
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.