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Reviewed in the United States on September 25, 2018
The first Princess in Black book came out in January 2015. That spring, I was babysitting for some co-workers of mine. Their daughter Analise would have been 6, and their son Jonathan, 3. I read the book to them. I can vividly remember Jonathan constantly jumping up to do this or that every few minutes. He couldn't stand to sit still. Analise got so aggravated with him because I had to keep stopping and she was dying to know what happened. We made it though the book and she loved it. I was babysitting them again in the fall, and they wanted me to read Princess in Black. That time, they both sat still in rapt attention. I was shocked at how big a difference a few months had made. Jonathan frequently said something along the lines of "Oh, we're coming to my favorite part." I remember it distinctly because I kept thinking, "How in the world do you know what's coming next? You weren't even listening the first time!" Apparently he was. He just hadn't been able to sit still that long.
We have read the Princess in Black books countless times over the years. They frequently ask if a new Princess in Black book is coming out. I saw The Princess in Black and the Science Fair Scare on March 21 and immediately pre-ordered it. When I shared the news with them, they were super-excited. Over the last six months, they have frequently asked me if it had come out yet? I told them it wouldn't be out until after Labor Day. Ever since Labor Day, almost every time I have seen them, the first words out of their mouths were, "Is the new book out yet? How much longer?" We have literally been counting down the days for about 2 weeks. Since my book was supposed to arrive on its release date on Tuesday September 25, we made plans to get together today to read it. I saw them on Sunday and they asked if it had shipped yet, and I said no, but that I was still supposed to get it on Tuesday. We were all worried that it wouldn't arrive on time, because we were anxious to read it.
When I went to their house tonight to babysit, their first words were, "Did it come?" There was great rejoicing when I said yes. They were also excited to hear that I hadn't even opened it yet, but had waited to open it with them. They loved it. They are already asking how long it will take for Book 7 to come out.
I have also shared these books with many other young ladies. They all love them. After reading The Princess in Black Takes a Vacation, Analise, Jonathan, and a friend immediately wanted to act out the story. They put on a "play" for their parents. I don't know about all the other children in the world, but the kids I know all love them. They are good, clean reads, and as you can see from this story, they are favorites with girls, but boys love them too. After all, what's not to love with princesses and monsters put together?