Thursday, July 05, 2018

The Princess in Black and the Mysterious Playdate

The Princess in Black and the Mysterious Playdate. (Princess in Black #5) Shannon Hale. Illustrated by LeUyen Pham. 2017. Candlewick Press. 96 pages. [Source: Review copy]

First sentence: It was a clear, crisp, comfortable afternoon. The Princess in Black and the Goat Avenger had just sent a monster back into the hole. The hole led to Monster Land. It was time for the victory dance. They slapped hands. They wiggled bums. They said "Callooo!" It was their thing.

Premise/plot: Princess Magnolia (aka the Princess in Black) has a playdate with Princess Sneezewort. But unbeknownst to the Princess a monster has followed her without detection. His intent to eat pets. If he can't have goats, why not pets? She's not in her kingdom; there is no monster alarm in Princess Sneezewort's castle. Yet she has a way of knowing when she's needed. So does Princess Sneezewort. Could this princess--who has a way of blending into her surroundings--have a secret of her own?

My thoughts: I enjoyed this one. I did. I do like the series as a whole. This was a good installment in the series. I appreciate series books. There's an age--or a stage--in reading where it's just pure HEAVEN to know that your favorite characters--your best friends and kindred spirits--appear in many, many books. That the fun does not have to come to an end as long as there's another book.

Shannon Hale is a fun and talented writer. LeUyen Pham has long been a favorite of mine!

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