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Friday, May 6, 2016

The Princess in Black and the Hungry Bunny Horde, written by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale with illustrations by LeUyen Pham. Candlewick Press, Random House. 2016. $14.99 ages 8 and up

"Down in Monster Land, the bunnies had been bored. Bored and hungry. With a hundred mouths, they had tasted everything. They had enjoyed monster fur. They had snacked on rock chips. They had dined on toenail clippings and lizard scales. And they were still hungry. There was a hole in the ceiling of Monster Land. An interesting smell trickled down."

Princess Magnolia and Frimplepants are back for their third adventure! This time, they are looking forward to having brunch with Princess Sneezewort. They are salivating just thinking about it - soft rolls with butter, cheesy omelets, sugar-dusted doughnuts. It's enough to make you skip breakfast altogether!

As happens when you are a monster-fighting heroine, and a warning signal sounds, you have no choice but to abandon your plans and get to work! That is exactly what happens:

"Princess Magnolia and Frimplepants rode into the secret cave. When they came out the other side, they were the Princess in Black and her pony, Blacky."

Ready for action, and off to help Duff - again! He has a grave concern about the flood of monsters overtaking the meadow. The 'monsters' are really cute-as-a-button pink bunnies! The Princess falls in love with them, and is not convinced that there is any need to worry. Duff assures her that they are an issue. They come from Monster Land and are eating EVERYTHING in their path! As the bunnies become even more problematic, the Princess and Blacky must take action or be eaten themselves. Finally, they persuade the bunnies to return home where the food they love to eat is much more plentiful.

Poor Princess Sneezewort! Her friends do not arrive for the planned brunch date; her mind is wandering and wondering about the same mysterious happenings from previous encounters. She is becoming quite suspicious. She almost has the puzzle solved when her attention is given to a surprise lunch with The Princess in Black and her brave steed, Blacky.  What good luck! Princess Magnolia is forgotten ... or is she?

Fans will be very happy to share another adventure, and will surely eagerly await the next.

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