The Princess in Black and the Hungry Bunny Horde
By Regan McMahon,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Kids will devour fun tale of monstrously hungry rabbits.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Simple, entertaining text is great for beginning readers. There's a subtle message that unchecked overgrazing can lead to a barren landscape.
Even cute fluffy creatures can be a menace. When you misjudge a situation, you can admit you're wrong and move forward with new information. When someone asks for help, respond quickly, even if it means you have to postpone having a tasty treat.
Positive Role Models
The Princess in Black is brave and always does her duty to save goats from monsters -- even when it means missing a tasty brunch. Duff the goat boy is not afraid to ask for help when he needs it, even if he has to work hard to convince the princess that the cute bunnies are a genuine threat. Duff is a responsible guardian of his goats. Princess Sneezewort is patient as she waits for Princess Magnolia to join her at the restaurant.
Violence & Scariness
The Princess in Black swings her scepter at the bunnies to get them to go back down the hole to Monster Land, but you don't see her actually hit any (even though the word "SMASH!" appears in capital letters). An illustration on page 69 of a whole bunch of bunnies gathered in a giant menacing monster shape facing the princess and Blacky is a tiny bit scary. One nine-pawed monster comes up from Monster Land but quickly dives back down because he's afraid of the bunnies.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Princess in Black and the Hungry Bunny Horde is the third book in the popular series by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale. This time the princess mistakenly believes that a horde of purple bunnies is no threat because the bunnies are cute and fluffy. But she soon learns she must drive them back down to Monster Land before they eat everything in sight, including all the goats, grass, and trees in the kingdom. Great for beginning readers.
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What's the Story?
In PRINCESS BLACK AND THE HUNGRY BUNNY HORDE, the heroic princess and her pony, Blacky, miss a brunch date to respond to a monster alert from Duff the goat boy. But when they get there, all they see is cute, fluffy purple bunnies. The princess soon finds out that the hungry bunnies did come up from Monster Land and are in fact a threat to grass, trees, goats, and even her boots! She must figure out how to get them back into Monster Land before they can do more harm.
Is It Any Good?
The fun third book in this popular series shows that even a clever hero such as the Princess in Black can be fooled into thinking cute creatures from Monster Land are no threat. Unlike the previous two stories, this one takes place almost entirely out in the field, and the focus is not so much on fooling other princesses about her identity but rather on figuring out what do to about the menacing, multiplying, hungry bunnies. Even the one big monster that comes up from Monster Land is afraid of the gnawing rabbits! Fans of cute fluffy things as well as the brave female superhero will devour this latest installment.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about monsters. Why are stories about them so fun? Can there be cute monsters?
If you've read the other Princess in Black books, how does this one compare? Do you like it as much or more than the others? How is this one different?
Is it a mistake to assume that all cute things are nice? What animals can you think of that are cute but might be dangerous to touch?
- Authors: Shannon Hale, Dean Hale
- Illustrator: LeUyen Pham
- Genre: For Beginning Readers
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Princesses, Fairies, Mermaids, and More, Adventures, Great Girl Role Models, Horses and Farm Animals
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Candlewick
- Publication date: February 9, 2016
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 5 - 8
- Number of pages: 96
- Available on: Hardback
- Last updated: August 22, 2019
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