by Shannon Hale & Dean Hale
illustrated by LeUyen Pham
Candlewick Press, 2019. 90 pages.
Review written December 9, 2019, from a library book
I love the Princess in Black! These are simple chapter books with lots of pictures. They include fun stories about princesses who disguise themselves as heroes who fight monsters – and one goat boy who disguises himself as the Goat Avenger. They are rewarding for beginning readers and a whole lot of fun.
In this latest installment, the foe is a horrible stinky smell. How do you fight a smell?
As the Princess in Black and the Goat Avenger manage to blow the stink away, it goes into other kingdoms, so other heroes come and investigate. But that’s a good thing. When they discover that the source of all the trouble is a super-stinky monster, the stink is so bad, it takes all the heroes working together to clean up the stink.
I like the way Shannon Hale and Dean Hale use some of the same elements in each book – but add something new every time. In this book, the battle is about bathtime. And I love that all the heroes get to take part.
This book encourages the reader to think what kind of hero they can be.
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