Even monster-battling princesses get tired sometimes! But a peaceful time away is hard to find as the humorous New York Times best-selling series continues.
After battling monsters all night, a sleepy Princess in Black decides that she needs a vacation. After all, the Goat Avenger, a new hero who looks oddly familiar, has offered to protect the goats while she takes a much needed break. The very next day Princess Magnolia rides her bicycle to the seaside, where the air is salty, the sun is shiny, and the sea is as blue as monster fur. But just as Princess Magnolia is about to take a nap on her hammock, she hears a “ROAR!” Seriously? A monster? On the perfect beach? Impossible! Could a sea monster really ruin this vacation for the Princess in Black?
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The Princess in Black Takes a Holiday is the fourth book in ‘The Princess in Black’ series by husband and wife team, Shannon and Dean Hale. Princess Magnolia is a secret monster fighting princess. When Monsters arrive from Monster Land the princess dons her disguise, slides down her chute and climbs aboard Blacky and sets off to send the monsters back home. This week alone she has fought off fourteen monsters and is extremely tired. Just as she is about to lie down the monster alarm goes off again. A monster is trying to eat her friend Duff’s Goats. Being so tired she was finding it hard to stop the monster. Suddenly another masked hero turned up to help ‘The Goat Avenger’. Together they stopped the monster. The Goat Avenger told the princess she needed a holiday and that he would take care of any monsters that arrived. So, off she went to the beach. However, she wasn’t there long when she heard a ‘ROAR’ a big sea monster was causing havoc. There was only one thing for it – It was a good job she brought her suit and mask with her. This is the first book in the series that I have read, in fact, it was the first time I had heard of the series. The book is a children’s chapter book, introducing larger chapter books to new readers. The letters are written in large font and there are no hard words to decipher. Throughout are colourful, bold illustrations by artist LeUyen Pham. These add so much to the story and make the book come to life. Nearly every page has at least one illustration. The book is also split into short chapters, of which there are thirteen of them. This is a fun, exciting adventure book that is perfect for new readers and goes to show that anyone can be a hero!
The Princess in Black Takes a Vacation is another delightful installment of this terrific super hero series. After constant battling with goat-eating monsters from the monster world, The Princess in Black (aka Princess Magnolia) is exhausted. The Goat Avenger (aka Duff the Goat Boy) convinces her to take a vacation. He'll manage the monsters while she's gone. Princess Magnolia does just that, and she runs into Princess Sneezewort while she's relaxing at the beach. Only her enjoyment doesn't last long. A giant sea monster comes along and disturbs everyone. The Princess in Black saves the day again, while the Goat Avenger is left with little action back at home. As always the chapters are short, the story is engaging, and the illustrations add to the fun. My son and I enjoyed reading this book together. We alternated chapters a little bit, so he could do some reading, although in the interest of time (because we always want to read these books in one sitting), I read the majority of the book. As the mother of a boy, I was happy to see Duff featured a little more in this book, but as always the Princess in Black in the true hero. It's a great feminist story for both boys and girls to read and love. http://www.momsradius.com/2016/12/book-review-princess-in-black-takes.html