The Princess in Black and the Science Fair Scare

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Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media
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Princesses learn to be heroes in fun science fair romp.

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Educational Value

Shows creative science fair projects, creative problem-solving, and teamwork. 

Positive Messages

You can accomplish great things when you work as a team. Everybody wants to fit in, make friends, have a home -- even monsters. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Princess Magnolia and Princess Sneezewort are white, Princess Honeysuckle and Princess Orchid have brown skin, Princess Snapdragon is Asian. All the girls are creative, brave, and strong and work well together as a team. Princess Magnolia /The Princess in Black helps the other girls see they're already heroes. 

Violence & Scariness

Cartoonish monster bashing. 


What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Princess in Black and the Science Fair Scare is the sixth book in Shannon Hale and Dean Hale's Princess in Black series. This one takes place mainly in a rather real-word setting: the local science fair. But a goo monster grows in a boy's volcano experiment, and the Princess in Black and her diverse princess friends battle it on the spot and then take it out to the goat pasture where Duff (the Goat Avenger) is on duty and sends it underground to Monster Land. Amid all the monster mayhem are sweet messages about teamwork, wanting to fit in, and what makes a hero.

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What's the story?

In THE PRINCESS IN BLACK AND THE SCIENCE FAIR SCARE, Princess Magnolia enters the Interkingdom Science Faire for the first time and finds her four princess friends among the contestants. "She was all set for a monster-free day." But Tommy Wigtower had added some monster fur to the volcano project he built, and that caused a goo monster to grow inside it. Suddenly his volcano says "EAT SCIENCE FAIR," sending kids screaming and scattering in fear. Princess Magnolia changes into her Princess in Black costume, and with the help of the other princesses, bashes the goo monster and transports it to the goat pasture, where it finds a home underground in Monster Land. Turns out it just wanted to fit in and have a home. 

Is it any good?

This lively adventure delivers a sweet message about fitting in and what it takes to be a hero in a STEM-friendly setting with a goofy goo monster. The Princess in Black and the Science Fair Scare mixes a little monster bashing with some creative problem-solving and teamwork by the five princess friends. The Princess in Black shows the other girls they already have what it takes to be brave and strong and get the job done. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the science fair projects in The Princess in Black and the Science Fair Scare. What's fun about science? What kind of project or experiment would you like to do? 

  • Some of the kids' projects are inventions. What invention would you like to make? 

  • Princess Magnolia's princess friends want to be heroes and have disguises and secret names. What would your hero outfit and name be? 

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