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It’s a case of monstrous cuteness as the Princess in Black encounters her biggest challenge yet: a field overrun by adorable bunnies. Princess Magnolia and her unicorn, Frimplepants, are on their way to have brunch with Princess Sneezewort, an occasion Frimplepants enjoys more than anything in the world. But just when he can smell the freshly baked bread and the heaping pla It’s a case of monstrous cuteness as the Princess in Black encounters her biggest challenge yet: a field overrun by adorable bunnies. Princess Magnolia and her unicorn, Frimplepants, are on their way to have brunch with Princess Sneezewort, an occasion Frimplepants enjoys more than anything in the world. But just when he can smell the freshly baked bread and the heaping platters of sugar-dusted doughnuts, Princess Magnolia’s glitter-stone ring rings. The monster alarm! After a quick change in the secret cave, Princess Magnolia and Frimplepants are transformed into the Princess in Black and her faithful pony, Blacky. But when they get to the goat pasture, all they can see is a field full of darling little bunnies nibbling on grass, twitching their velvet noses, and wiggling their fluffy tails. Where are the monsters? Are these bunnies as innocent as they appear?


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It’s a case of monstrous cuteness as the Princess in Black encounters her biggest challenge yet: a field overrun by adorable bunnies. Princess Magnolia and her unicorn, Frimplepants, are on their way to have brunch with Princess Sneezewort, an occasion Frimplepants enjoys more than anything in the world. But just when he can smell the freshly baked bread and the heaping pla It’s a case of monstrous cuteness as the Princess in Black encounters her biggest challenge yet: a field overrun by adorable bunnies. Princess Magnolia and her unicorn, Frimplepants, are on their way to have brunch with Princess Sneezewort, an occasion Frimplepants enjoys more than anything in the world. But just when he can smell the freshly baked bread and the heaping platters of sugar-dusted doughnuts, Princess Magnolia’s glitter-stone ring rings. The monster alarm! After a quick change in the secret cave, Princess Magnolia and Frimplepants are transformed into the Princess in Black and her faithful pony, Blacky. But when they get to the goat pasture, all they can see is a field full of darling little bunnies nibbling on grass, twitching their velvet noses, and wiggling their fluffy tails. Where are the monsters? Are these bunnies as innocent as they appear?

30 review for The Princess in Black and the Hungry Bunny Horde

  1. 5 out of 5

    Wayong

    Out of the three books in the Princess in Black series, the Hungry Bunny Horde is by far my favourite illustrated novels. The first Princess in Black book introduces an atypical princess who fancies herself a hero, not unlike a combination of Don Quixote, a ninja and Zorro. The closest fictional character I would compare her to is the great Dread Pirate Roberts (aka Wesley) in The Princess Bride... In fact, after reading this latest instalment, I can see direct influences of the classic fantasy n Out of the three books in the Princess in Black series, the Hungry Bunny Horde is by far my favourite illustrated novels. The first Princess in Black book introduces an atypical princess who fancies herself a hero, not unlike a combination of Don Quixote, a ninja and Zorro. The closest fictional character I would compare her to is the great Dread Pirate Roberts (aka Wesley) in The Princess Bride... In fact, after reading this latest instalment, I can see direct influences of the classic fantasy novel/film as well as Monty Python humour & adventures in Hale's series. When I read the 2nd in the series, I wondered if the conceit of an atypical princess & her adventures would sustain my interest (as well as other adult child readers). The 2nd book wasn't as quirky & idiosyncratic as the 1st. However, I needn't worry about the direction of the Princess' character development & adventures. In this book, The Hungry Bunny Horde is irreverent, dryly funny, and the illustrations compliment the text perfectly. The Princess in Black's reaction to those adorable bunnies is priceless in contrast to the sheep herder's distress. Shannon Hale's series doesn't require you to read the books in any particular order, so you can jump right into this book. Recommended for read-alouds, emerging readers of chapter books & for future fans of The Princess Bride, Jeff Smith's Bone graphic novel & Monty Python. Pair this up with the (illustrated version) of George Saunders' The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    Beware of cute little bunnies :) What a fun story!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Eric Mesa

    If you read the first two books with your kids and then were about to give up, do not do so! When I read the second book, about Princess Magnolia's birthday, to my four-year-old twins I was disappointed. Just like the first one, the princess has someone snooping around as she runs off to fight monsters. Also, there was no payoff on the Goat Herd Boy wanting to become a super hero. Sure, this book series is for Kindergarten to Second-Graders, but it was just too repetitive. But then I read this o If you read the first two books with your kids and then were about to give up, do not do so! When I read the second book, about Princess Magnolia's birthday, to my four-year-old twins I was disappointed. Just like the first one, the princess has someone snooping around as she runs off to fight monsters. Also, there was no payoff on the Goat Herd Boy wanting to become a super hero. Sure, this book series is for Kindergarten to Second-Graders, but it was just too repetitive. But then I read this one and it really redeemed things by changing things up. This time we have bunnies rather than monsters and no one is at risk of discovering Princess Magnolia's alter-ego. It also features more character development for the unicorn/horse - Frimplepants/Blacky. Finally, there are hints that the authors will eventually pay off the Goat Herd plotline. Does it seems like I'm being overly critical or over-analyzing a book for little kids? It's only because, as someone who's been parenting for 8+ years now, I can easily say that most kids' books SUCK SO HARD. There are a few gems here and there(Leave Me Alone!), especially the classics (like many Dr. Seuss books), but so many of them are so annoying - like watching kids' cartoons. Yeah, I'm not the target audience in either case, but in both cases I end up being exposed to it by virtue of the kids being so young. So when I read the first Princess in Black book and got to experience some jokes that I enjoyed and great artwork, it was like a good Disney or Pixar movie - it appeals to both kids and adults. That left me with high expectations that I felt were dashed with the second book. However, as I said, this third entry really redeemed the series and I can't wait to read the fourth one to the kids - especially since it clearly changes things up with The Princess going on vacation.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Guzman

    Mo-I liked it. It wasn't even a very long chapter book. We should read the other books. Mara-I like that princess. Can I read this book in my bed? Me- Great intro to chapter books for both my girls. There are lots of pictures and the words aren't too hard. Next time I think I will have Mo read some of the chapters to us. Mo-I liked it. It wasn't even a very long chapter book. We should read the other books. Mara-I like that princess. Can I read this book in my bed? Me- Great intro to chapter books for both my girls. There are lots of pictures and the words aren't too hard. Next time I think I will have Mo read some of the chapters to us.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    I am definitely liking the Princess in Black series by Shannon and Dean Hale. I like the third title in the series, The Princess in Black and the Hungry Bunny Horde, even better than the second perhaps. (Though I did like meeting Princess Sneezewort in the second book. I wouldn't mind if she became a series regular!) The book opens with Princess Magnolia and Frimplepants on their way to have brunch with Princess Sneezewort and her pet, Sir Hogswell. Frimplepants may be even more excited about br I am definitely liking the Princess in Black series by Shannon and Dean Hale. I like the third title in the series, The Princess in Black and the Hungry Bunny Horde, even better than the second perhaps. (Though I did like meeting Princess Sneezewort in the second book. I wouldn't mind if she became a series regular!) The book opens with Princess Magnolia and Frimplepants on their way to have brunch with Princess Sneezewort and her pet, Sir Hogswell. Frimplepants may be even more excited about brunch than Princess Magnolia. But, predictably, the two don't make it in time for brunch. Instead, the monster alarm goes off, and the two dash to the secret cave to emerge The Princess in Black and Blacky. The two arrive thinking to find MONSTERS. But all the Princess can see before her eyes are CUTE, ADORABLE, SWEET, LOVABLE BUNNIES. But Duff the Goat Boy insists that the bunnies ARE monsters. She's not convinced. Who is right? The Princess in Black or Duff the Goat Boy?! Are the bunnies all they appear to be?! Or could the bunnies prove disastrous?! I enjoyed this one very much. It definitely reminded me of "The Trouble with Tribbles."

  6. 4 out of 5

    Elevetha

    Cute and fun, as always. I really liked the change in how the story was told - it wasn't the same niche of Magnolia having to switch back and forth between herself and her alter ago The Princess in Black every five minutes in order to fight monsters and be at the castle doing princessy things. The bunnies were adorable (they literally speak the language of Cuteness), but goodness, the poor monsters in Monsterland are still stuck dealing with these ridiculously cute horrors who will eat you out o Cute and fun, as always. I really liked the change in how the story was told - it wasn't the same niche of Magnolia having to switch back and forth between herself and her alter ago The Princess in Black every five minutes in order to fight monsters and be at the castle doing princessy things. The bunnies were adorable (they literally speak the language of Cuteness), but goodness, the poor monsters in Monsterland are still stuck dealing with these ridiculously cute horrors who will eat you out of house and home . Quite frankly, the hungry bunny horde situation was not properly addressed nor actually fixed in any way. Still.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    Yikes but those Adorable Hungry Bunnies were scary! Loved this one with its distinct touch of Monty Python for the junior set.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Erica

    Graysen (6): 5/5 stars: I really liked how there was tons of bunnies and then one bunny ate part of a goat's horn, so the goat had half a horn. I like how the bunnies thought the Princess in Black was food. I like how Frimplepants saved the day and then at the very end he got to eat the pizza that he deserved. And I feel sad for when he didn't get the cheesy omelets and the sugar doughnuts and all that num num stuff! Lizzy (5): 5/5 stars: I liked when the bunnies ate part of the Princess in Black Graysen (6): 5/5 stars: I really liked how there was tons of bunnies and then one bunny ate part of a goat's horn, so the goat had half a horn. I like how the bunnies thought the Princess in Black was food. I like how Frimplepants saved the day and then at the very end he got to eat the pizza that he deserved. And I feel sad for when he didn't get the cheesy omelets and the sugar doughnuts and all that num num stuff! Lizzy (5): 5/5 stars: I liked when the bunnies ate part of the Princess in Black's shoe. I liked when all the bunnies said stuff and they said "Do you have broken off fingernails?" and "Do you have monster fur?" And I liked that at the very very very end that they walked across the people and how Princess Sneezewort didn't have the pig with her or Frimplepants or Princess Magnolia. Asher (3): 3/5 stars: That the bunnies said "Are you food??" Erica: 5/5 stars: These books are seriously my favorite and my kids' favorite. We laugh a ton while we read them and they're a good level for all the kids, in between picture books and chapter books.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lydia

    The Princess in Black and Blacky the Pony are back to save the day against... bunnies? The Princess may not be able to handle this level of cuteness, but hopefully Blacky can save the day from omnivorous bunnies! My sympathy is all with Blacky, missing a tasty brunch is very sad! Otherwise, a bit reminiscent of Monty Python and the Holy Grail... and the Princess needs to learn not to judge a book by it's cover (or a critter by their cuteness).No content issues. The Princess in Black and Blacky the Pony are back to save the day against... bunnies? The Princess may not be able to handle this level of cuteness, but hopefully Blacky can save the day from omnivorous bunnies! My sympathy is all with Blacky, missing a tasty brunch is very sad! Otherwise, a bit reminiscent of Monty Python and the Holy Grail... and the Princess needs to learn not to judge a book by it's cover (or a critter by their cuteness).No content issues.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    I am an adult. My third grade female students love this book and the series. I use it in guided reading and often we start at the table , do a small lesson, then I send them to finish the chapter. They beg to read ahead and I told them it is great to pre-read. They are so thrilled. This is a brief story of a princess who morphs into a caped crusader to keep the monsters in Monster Land. In this case the monsters are the bunnies from Monster Land who eat everything and possibly everyone.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Alison

    6-year-old daughter says: It was really good. And they got to to fight lots of monsters in one long battle. I like one battle. 4-year-old son says: 3 stars. I didn't like it that much because the bunnies were purple. Mom says: I didn't like this one as much as other Princess in Black, but that doesn't mean anything except that I just loved it instead of LOVED it. These are such fun read-alouds. 6-year-old daughter says: It was really good. And they got to to fight lots of monsters in one long battle. I like one battle. 4-year-old son says: 3 stars. I didn't like it that much because the bunnies were purple. Mom says: I didn't like this one as much as other Princess in Black, but that doesn't mean anything except that I just loved it instead of LOVED it. These are such fun read-alouds.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    This one was cutter than the last. Good unique "don't judge a book by its cover" message. This one was cutter than the last. Good unique "don't judge a book by its cover" message.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tortla

    I wonder if Shannon Hale is a Buffy fan. I certainly thought fondly of Anya when imagining ominous bunnies.

  14. 5 out of 5

    H.L. Burke

    Another bedtime read with a lot of good chuckles. My (almost) 7-year-old has started reading along and correcting me when I switch words around or something, so she's paying attention. Another bedtime read with a lot of good chuckles. My (almost) 7-year-old has started reading along and correcting me when I switch words around or something, so she's paying attention.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kris

    The bunnies were quite the horde!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Cheyenne

    6 year old review: I love the girl giving kissy faces to the bunnies. I love the bunnies charging at the grass like it's going to hug it. They ate the whole tree. That was funny. Thank you for the story! 6 year old review: I love the girl giving kissy faces to the bunnies. I love the bunnies charging at the grass like it's going to hug it. They ate the whole tree. That was funny. Thank you for the story!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa

    The kids and I laughed our way through this hilarious book about monster bunnies who speak cuteness!!!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Addison

    I liked the bunnies. She is always really busy and they did at least get to eat at the end of it.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Katie R.

    I really liked it, It was fun to read so I give it.............FIVE STARS 😁😁😁😁

  20. 4 out of 5

    Book

    “The Princess in Black and the Hungry Bunny Horde” is the third book in a great series “The Princess in Black”, children books written by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale, while the artwork is signed by LeUyen Pham. As I wrote for the first installment, these books are for a new generation of princesses - kind of different picture books that are going entertain children and make them laugh. Also these imaginative three authors with their story and artwork managed to avoid all the usual stereotypes maki “The Princess in Black and the Hungry Bunny Horde” is the third book in a great series “The Princess in Black”, children books written by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale, while the artwork is signed by LeUyen Pham. As I wrote for the first installment, these books are for a new generation of princesses - kind of different picture books that are going entertain children and make them laugh. Also these imaginative three authors with their story and artwork managed to avoid all the usual stereotypes making “The Princess in Black” series enjoyable for numerous readings. The third part opens with Princess Magnolia and her unicorn Frimplepants on their way to brunch with Princess Sneezewort and Sir Hogswell. Though Frimplepants could not wait brunch to begin, the problem arises. Princess Magnolia’s ring will sound the alert of nearby monsters and Magnolia needs to turn into the Princess in Black and Frimplepants into Blacky. And while they expected dangerous monsters in front of their eyes, all Princess sees are sweet cute bunnies. Duff the Goat Boy tries to convince Princess that the bunnies are actually dangerous monsters given their determination to eat everything, but the Princess in Black could not be convinced because of their cuteness… until it is almost too late. “The Princess in Black” books are great, untypical books for children that successfully avoid many stereotypes about princesses – mainly the one they only need to be beautiful while all the hazardous tasks are performed by princes. I am glad that from the excellent first installment, great series emerged because of quality of work these three authors delivered on the pages of their books. “Hungry Bunny Horde” well-explains its characters for new readers therefore could be read as standalone, while existing fans are going to enjoy another entertaining and highly interesting story. Aldo, this third book more than ever emphasizes the role of Blacky who is going to be at least important character as Princess. Besides great story “The Princess in Black and the Hungry Bunny Horde” brings, this installment is again complemented with nice looking, detailed and humorous LeUyen Pham digital illustrations. Therefore, given its charming story and nice artwork, the third part in “The Princess in Black” series is picture book for preschool children that could be recommended equally for all the elements that make such books appealing reads.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    This is a delightful short read. It's that perfect length of inbetween picture book and chapter book that is so hard to find. We've enjoyed all three Princess in Black books, but this one's my favorite. I loved the idea explored about appearances with the monsters being cute and speaking in the language of cuteness while being just as potentially devastating as a scary-looking beast. My kids were thoroughly entertained, and we re-read it together several times. This is a delightful short read. It's that perfect length of inbetween picture book and chapter book that is so hard to find. We've enjoyed all three Princess in Black books, but this one's my favorite. I loved the idea explored about appearances with the monsters being cute and speaking in the language of cuteness while being just as potentially devastating as a scary-looking beast. My kids were thoroughly entertained, and we re-read it together several times.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    Poor Princess Magnolia, she's never going to get brunch. And no matter how great pizza may be, that brunch sounded fantastic. All because of the bunnies. Soooo many bunnies. But they're cute. And an ecological horror. Fun and a bit of a change-up from the first book (sadly book #2 was the exact same story). I'll be reading them all! Poor Princess Magnolia, she's never going to get brunch. And no matter how great pizza may be, that brunch sounded fantastic. All because of the bunnies. Soooo many bunnies. But they're cute. And an ecological horror. Fun and a bit of a change-up from the first book (sadly book #2 was the exact same story). I'll be reading them all!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Melody

    This is the perfect series to transition young people out of "easy readers" and into chapter books. The bright illustrations, engaging plot line, large print, and easy vocabulary make this a perfect confidence building read. Plus the stories are a lot of fun! My daughter has read all of the Princess in Black books a number of times, and continues to enjoy re-reading them. This is the perfect series to transition young people out of "easy readers" and into chapter books. The bright illustrations, engaging plot line, large print, and easy vocabulary make this a perfect confidence building read. Plus the stories are a lot of fun! My daughter has read all of the Princess in Black books a number of times, and continues to enjoy re-reading them.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kate Willis

    Those ravenous bunnies won't quit multiplying and eating up the whole goat field! It gets pretty dicey there for a minute when the bunnies think the princess is food because she can't talk back to them; but fortunately (view spoiler)[her horse can speak the language of cuteness and the day is saved! (hide spoiler)] I especially enjoyed the return of Princess Sneezewort. ;) Those ravenous bunnies won't quit multiplying and eating up the whole goat field! It gets pretty dicey there for a minute when the bunnies think the princess is food because she can't talk back to them; but fortunately (view spoiler)[her horse can speak the language of cuteness and the day is saved! (hide spoiler)] I especially enjoyed the return of Princess Sneezewort. ;)

  25. 4 out of 5

    Brittany Barrow Books

    Jocelyn: "5.5 stars. I love the pictures and i just loved how cute the bunnies were and how cute they were described and all the good details in the sentences. I didn't really like that they couldn't understand the bunnies and that there is a language called "Cute" because anyone can be cute." Jocelyn: "5.5 stars. I love the pictures and i just loved how cute the bunnies were and how cute they were described and all the good details in the sentences. I didn't really like that they couldn't understand the bunnies and that there is a language called "Cute" because anyone can be cute."

  26. 5 out of 5

    Bridgette

    This series is the absolute best. It's so adorable and hilarious and The Princess in Black is a fantastic character. It's a good bridge book for kids who are ready to move out of the easy readers, but aren't quite ready for longer chapter books. This series is the absolute best. It's so adorable and hilarious and The Princess in Black is a fantastic character. It's a good bridge book for kids who are ready to move out of the easy readers, but aren't quite ready for longer chapter books.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra

    This. Was. Adorable.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    The hungry bunnies are freaking adorable. I just love them. And I love how determined Frimplepants was to eat. This might be my favorite book in the series yet. Cannot wait for the next one!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Clarissa

    The princess in black and Blacky her pony fight dangerous monsters, and tangle with dangerous bunnies. This was charming and funny!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Aaron

    Girls are running around the house inventing a PIB playlist and asking if there is a Book 4. Yeah, I'd say this one went over very well including the Puss-in-Boots like Bunny horde. Girls are running around the house inventing a PIB playlist and asking if there is a Book 4. Yeah, I'd say this one went over very well including the Puss-in-Boots like Bunny horde.

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