Sunday, January 13, 2019

Black Panther: The Young Prince by Ronald L. Smith - OPTIONAL

Black Panther: The Young Prince by Ronald L. Smith, 264 pages.  Marvel (Disney), 2018.  $17.  

Content: Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: PG.  



T’Challa is a teenager, but also the prince of Wakanda.  The king is worried about T’Challa’s safety in Wakanda so he wants T’Challa and his friend, M’Baku to go to Chicago anonymously and attend middle school.  At first, T’Challa and M’Baku like the freedom, but M’Baku falls in with a bad crowd who is known for doing witchcraft and T’Challa has to call on the powers of the Black Panther to try and fight the evil before M’Baku gets himself into an unforgiveable situation.  

I enjoyed the movie Black Panther and thought this back story would be fun, but I was disappointed by the drag in the story line with all the details of the life of a middle school-er.  Also, the idea that the king of Wakanda would send his middle-school-aged prince son without an adult chaperone to inner city Chicago is far-fetched.  This book could have been good-the bad guy was interesting and I like T’Challa, but it was just boring.  

C. Peterson

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