The Princess in Black Takes a Vacation by Shannon Hale & Dean Hale
Published by Candlewick Press
Children’s books with strong female characters should not be passed up, and the Princess in Black is both inspiring and fun.
In this instalment of the Princess Magnolia’s adventures, she is taking time out to rest after working hard to keep monsters from eating goats. The Goat Avenger arrives to help the exhausted heroine protect the herd and sends her on a vacation while he stands watch.
Whilst she’s away, Princess Magnolia’s beautiful and relaxing beach is terrorised by a sea monster. All the Princess wants to do is sleep, but the Sea Monster is threatening to eat people. Her devotion to her duty to protect those around her causes her to leap into action again despite her exhaustion. She does a quick, superman-in-a-phone-booth type costume change in a nearby bathing tent into her black outfit and bravely launches into battle with the Sea Monster.
Meanwhile, the very enthusiastic Goat Avenger is very bored. The hole in the ground that leads to Monster Land is all quiet but he is glad that he can at least give the Princess in Black a break from her hero duties.
After demanding the Sea Monster eat fish instead of people, Princess Magnolia finds herself washed ashore on a small, deserted island; a calm, peaceful, island where she can finally get some sleep.
The illustrations in this story are quirky and vibrant, and there is a great comedic feel to this superhero parody.
It’s also the empowering concept that girls can be the best of both worlds; they can be beautiful princesses, and they can also be strong and courageous heroes! Neither part diminishes the other, but every girl can know that her beauty makes her strong and her strength makes her beautiful.
CKT Book Reviewer
Authors: Shannon Hale & Dean Hale
Illustrator: Leuyen Pham
Title: The Princess in Black Takes a Vacation
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Published: November 2016