The Princess in Black and the Giant Problem by Shannon Hale & Dean Hale ★★★★★ #BookReview #BookBlog #PrincessInBlack @haleshannon

Primary Genre(s): Children’s Fiction, Chapter Book
Published: 6 October 2020 by Candlewick Press
Page count: 96
My Format: eARC via NetGalley
Cover: Exciting
Pacing: Great
Ending: Perfect
Would I recommend it: Yes
Commission Link: Buy The Princess in Black and the Giant Problem
My rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads
With a noisy giant crashing around the kingdom, the Princess in Black uses the Sparkle Signal to call ALL her heroic friends together–for the biggest adventure yet.

The Princess in Black is ready for her snowy playdate with the Goat Avenger and the Princess in Blankets. It’s a perfect day to build snow monsters and battle them for practice. But just when they’re about to wage battle, a huge foot smashes their snow monster. “SQUASHY!”

It’s a giant, and it’s smashing everything in its path! The giant is too strong for the three friends, so the Princess in Blankets has an idea: it’s time to light the Sparkle Signal and summon help. With a rising crescendo of a plot and a delightfully surprising ending, the latest adventure in the New York Times best-selling series features all the Princess in Black’s friends as heroes for the first time.

My Thoughts
I have never read any of The Princess in Black books but my 3-year-old granddaughter (Lucy) is a huge fan of series! When I saw that NetGalley had the upcoming book available I knew I had to read it. Thankfully, my request to review was accepted.

This may be my most unique book review to date because, while I am going to give you my quick thoughts on this particular book, I am going to conclude with a video interview with my granddaughter about why she loves The Princess in Black books in general. Here are my pros and cons for The Princess in Black and the Giant Problem:


  1. This is a cute tale about friendship, working together, bravery, and solving problems. Oh… and having lots of fun!
  2. The crazy adventure will absolutely appeal to young children.
  3. I thought the colorful and fun illustrations (by LeUyen Pham) were phenomenal! I was particularly tickled by the illustrations of the Princess in Blankets!
  4. Frozen drool?  Hilarious!
  5. Frimplepants may be the best unicorn name ever!
  6. I showed my granddaughter the cover and told her the title of the upcoming book.  She said she loved “the big purple toes” on the cover!


Bonus Review
Here is the interview my daughter-in-law did with my granddaughter Lucy about The Princess in Black books in general. Her Daddy might have been hiding off screen giving her an answer at one point – I’ll let you decide! I think he is a big fan of these books, also! HA HA!

Lucy and her thoughts on the Princess in Black series.

See! I told you Lucy was a big fan! Lucy even dressed up like the Princess in Black for Halloween last year! I’m so proud of Lucy because she has loved books more than just about anything else since she was a baby! I know she can’t wait until she can get this new book in October! (By the way, she LOVES making faces at herself on the phone!)

Quite simply, this book is cute and fun and it will encourage kids to read. I haven’t read any other Princess in Black books myself, but based on Lucy’s recommendation, I think everyone should go out and buy them all today! 

Thank you NetGalley and Candlewick Press for a free eARC of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

If you would like to read this book and form your own opinion, please consider purchasing through this link: Buy The Princess in Black and the Giant Problem. Or, if you would prefer to read my granddaughter’s favorite book in the series, click here: Buy The Princess in Black and the Bathtime Battle. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases at no extra cost to you. Thanks!

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(image from Goodreads)

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