Academic journal article Language Arts

The Princess in Black and the Mysterious Playdate

Academic journal article Language Arts

The Princess in Black and the Mysterious Playdate

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The Princess in Black and the Mysterious Playdate (The Princess in Black series) Written by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale Illustrated by LeUyen Pham Candlewick, 2017, 96 pp., ISBN 978-0-7636-8826-4

"DRESS-UP SLAM! PLAYTIME ROMP! KARAOKE JAM! SNACK-TIME STOMP!" (pp. 26-27). These are the rollicking sounds of a princess playdate. But this is certainly no ordinary playdate. In book five of The Princess in Black series, our beloved heroine continues to seek respite from the demands of fighting escapees from Monster Land. When Princess Magnolia (aka the Princess in Black) is invited to Princess Sneezewort's house for a playdate, she is delighted to be out of range of her monster alarm. Unbeknownst to her, a disguised monster has hitched a ride on her buggy and soon begins terrorizing the kingdom. Assuming (erroneously, of course) that Magnolia is afraid of monsters, Sneezewort takes matters into her own hands. …

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