Who says princesses can't wear black? When trouble raises its blue monster head, Princess Magnolia ditches her flouncy dresses and becomes the Princess in Black.

Princess Magnolia is having hot chocolate and scones with Duchess Wigtower when . . . Brring! Brring! The monster alarm! A big blue monster is threatening the goats! Stopping monsters is no job for dainty Princess Magnolia. But luckily Princess Magnolia has a secret — she’s also the Princess in Black, and stopping monsters is the perfect job for her! From the award-winning writing team of Shannon and Dean Hale and illustrator LeUyen Pham, here is the first in a humorous and action-packed chapter-book series for young readers who like their princesses not only prim and perfect, but also dressed in black.


Shannon and Dean Hale are the husband-and-wife writing team behind the graphic novels Rapunzel’s Revenge and Calamity Jack, both illustrated by Nathan Hale. Shannon Hale is also the author of the Newbery Honor-winning Princess Academy as well as The Goose Girl, Enna Burning, and other novels. They 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.


it is a fun story, fast-paced and full of humour, with just enough dramatic tension to keep the story interesting without scaring tender readers.

Booksellers NZ

Beautifully illustrated, the story is sassy and full of the bravery of this cute young royal. Watch out for more stories in this fun new series.

Disney Princess

The large font, the frequent and expressive illustrations, and the carefully chosen vocabulary help scaffold young readers. I predict kids will love The Princess in Black and will be delighted to learn a sequel is on its way.

The Book Chook

Bound to appeal to budding readers listeners alike.

Magpies Magazine

It’s a really fun book, easy to read, and has LOTS of really great pictures that help tell the story. It’s a great book for boys or girls. The Princess in Black is not your normal princess, she even has some really cool ninja skills! I like that it’s part of a series of books, meaning once you have read one you can go and find all the other ones and read them too!

Squiz Kids Book Club reviewer

Are you tired of the princes in the story always rescuing the princesses? Are you sick of all the princesses wearing fancy pink dresses? Well if what I just said applies to you, then you will probably enjoy The Princess in Black… This book would be popular with kids around the ages of 6-7 years old… it has a lot of action, good illustrations and it’s perfect for kids who are just getting into reading chapter books!

Squiz Kids Book Club reviewer

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