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Just My Luck by Cammie McGovern
Kiki and Jacques by Susan Ross
A Long Pitch Home by Natalie Dias Lorenzi
Lost Cat by Caroline Paul
Lunch Lady and the Schoolwide Scuffle by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
The Nine Lives of Jacob Tibbs by Cylin Busby
OCDaniel by Wesley King
The Princess in Black and the Hungry Bunny Horde by Shannon Hale
Ratpunzel by Ursula Vernon
Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo
The Readaholics and the Poirot Puzzle by Laura DiSilverio
Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older
Sticks & Stones by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins
The Story of Diva and Flea by Mo Willems
Two Naomis by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich
Valley of Kings by Michael Northrop
You Are a Lion! And Other Fun Yoga Poses by Taeeun Yoo

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The Princess in Black and the Hungry Bunny Horde: 12/14/16

The Princess in Black and the Hungry Bunny Horde by Shannon Hale

The Princess in Black and the Hungry Bunny Horde by Shannon Hale is the third of the Princess in Black series. In the last book, Princess Sneezewort stumbled upon Princess Magnolia's secret identity. Despite that setback, the two are still friends and today they are having brunch together.

I don't think this series can have a story, though, without an interruption from the monster world. At least this time the monsters are something different — bunnies.

gif of Anya singing about evil bunnies.

Bunnies as monsters isn't a new thing. It's been done — Monty Python and the Quest for the Holy Grail and of course, Anya the ex-vengeance demon from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. But this is the first time I can think of bunnies as monsters in a children's book.

The bunnies are frankly more horrifying than any of the previous monsters. They are destructive. They tear apart the environment. Their population is out of control. They are a danger to Magnolia's land as well as the monsters'. And yet, she shoos them back into the hole. The lesson here, is that Magnolia is overwhelmed by her double duties as princess and warrior. She needs help. She needs recruits. She needs a confidant.

I hope that Princess Sneezewort is that help. She may be shy and unassuming but she is also observant, smart, and just possibly the person Magnolia needs.

Five stars

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