Thursday, January 18th, 2018

New Reads: ‘The Princess In Black’ & ‘Leroy Ninker Saddles Up’


Here are two new books by Candlewick Press which were enthusiastically enjoyed by my two kids.

The Princess in Black
By Shannon and Dean Hale, illustrated by LeUyan Pham


Princess Magnolia is having hot chocolate and scones with Duchess Wigtower when . . . Brring! Brring! The monster alarm! A big blue monster is threatening the goats! Stopping monsters is no job for dainty Princess Magnolia. But luckily Princess Magnolia has a secret —she’s also the Princess in Black, and stopping monsters is the perfect job for her! Can the princess sneak away, transform into her alter ego, and defeat the monster before the nosy duchess discovers her secret? From award-winning writing team of Shannon and Dean Hale and illustrator LeUyen Pham, here is the first in a humorous and action-packed chapter book series for young readers who like their princesses not only prim and perfect, but also dressed in black.

For ages 4-8



Overall: I feel this is the first chapter book for my daughter, who is in first grade. She’s just learning to read but this hardcover is easy enough for anyone in the recommended age group. Very cute!


Leroy Ninker Saddles Up: Tales From Deckawoo Drive

By Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Chris Van Dusen

For Ages 6-9


Leroy Ninker has a hat, a lasso, and boots. What he doesn’t have is a horse — until he meets Maybelline, that is, and then it’s love at first sight. Maybelline loves spaghetti and sweet nothings, and she loves Leroy, too. But when Leroy forgets the third and final rule of caring for Maybelline, disaster ensues. Can Leroy wrestle fate to the ground, rescue the horse of his heart, and lasso loneliness for good? Join Leroy, Maybelline, and a cast of familiar characters — Stella, Frank, Mrs. Watson, and everyone’s favorite porcine wonder, Mercy — for some hilarious and heartfelt horsing around on Deckawoo Drive.

Overall: My 8-year-old took this to school to read for choice time. He liked the story and it was a great read for his age group. Now my daughter, the first grader, wants to attempt to read it herself!

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