The Princess in Black and the Perfect Princess Party

Illustrator: LeUyen Pham

Binding: Hardcover

Imprint: Candlewick Press

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Book 2 of Princess in Black Series

Age 5+

Fantasy & Magical Realism Humorous Stories

Inconvenient monster alarms, a sparkly array of princess guests, and spot-on slapstick pacing make for a party readers will celebrate.

Today is Princess Magnolia’s birthday party, and she wants everything to be perfect. But just as her guests are arriving . . . Brring! Brring! The monster alarm! Princess Magnolia runs to the broom closet, ditches her frilly clothes, and becomes the Princess in Black! She rushes to the goat pasture, defeats the monster, and returns to the castle before her guests discover her secret. But every time Princess Magnolia is about to open her presents, the monster alarm rings again. And every time she rushes back—an inside-out dress here, a missing shoe there—it gets harder to keep the other princesses from being suspicious. Don’t those monsters understand that now is not a good time for an attack?


Shannon and Dean Hale are the award-winning husband-and-wife team behind The Princess in Black, illustrated by LeUyen Pham. Shannon Hale is also the author of the Newbery Honor novel Princess Academy as well as the New York Times best-selling series Ever After High. Shannon and Dean Hale live in Salt Lake City, Utah.

LeUyen Pham is the illustrator of many books for children, including God’s Dream by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Douglas Carlton Abrams and Aunt Mary’s Rose by Douglas Wood, as well as the Freckleface Strawberry books by Julianne Moore. LeUyen Pham lives in California.


This is the perfect book for young readers just moving from picture books to chapter books.

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This is a perfect chapter book for the newly independent reader, combining humour, a great storyline and witty illustrations to ensure a fabulous read.

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For fans of Princesses and Super Heroes.

Disney Princess

Pink and frothy, funny and entertaining, these girlie thirteen chapters are ideal for 6+ readers. It can be read all at once, or picked up and put down. The illustrations are gorgeous and so is the bewitching Princess Magnolia. It is beautifully produced with a jacket cover and ideal for a special gift.

Buzz Words

Any young reader, ready for a ‘real book’ (hard cover and chapters, plenty of action, and a fun superhero) will enjoy having this book read to them, then reading it themselves.


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