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Friday, August 28, 2015

Review: Hamster Princess (Harriet the Invincible) by Ursula Vernon {giveaway}

Don't forget to enter to win a hardcover copy of Hamster Princess: Harriet the Invincible, below my review...

Harriet the Invincible
(Hamster Princess #1)
by Ursula Vernon
August 18, 2015
Dial Books
Sleeping Beauty gets a feisty, furry twist in this hilarious new comic series from the creator of Dragonbreath

Harriet Hamsterbone is not your typical princess. She may be quite stunning in the rodent realm (you'll have to trust her on this one), but she is not so great at trailing around the palace looking ethereal or sighing a lot. She finds the royal life rather . . . dull. One day, though, Harriet's parents tell her of the curse that a rat placed on her at birth, dooming her to prick her finger on a hamster wheel when she's twelve and fall into a deep sleep. For Harriet, this is most wonderful news: It means she's invincible until she's twelve! After all, no good curse goes to waste. And so begins a grand life of adventure with her trusty riding quail, Mumfrey...until her twelfth birthday arrives and the curse manifests in a most unexpected way.

Perfect for fans of Babymouse and Chris Colfer's Land of Stories, this laugh-out-loud new comic hybrid series will turn everything you thought you knew about princesses on its head.

Praise for Hamster Princess
* ”A joy to read, and we can only hope that Harriet – long may she reign – will return in later installments.” —Booklist, starred review

* “Move over, Babymouse, there’s a new rodent in town!…Vernon has created a spunky heroine readers will cheer for and who will leave them eagerly searching for the happily ever after in the next installment.” —School Library Journal, starred review

* “Harriet is her own hamster, but she takes her place proudly alongside both Danny Dragonbreath and Babymouse. Creatively fresh and feminist, with laughs on every single page.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* “A book with all the makings of a hit. Readers will be laughing themselves silly.”  —Publishers Weekly, starred review


Princess Harriet Hamsterbone is not your typical princess. She rather defeat monsters with her sword, have grand adventures, and figure out fractions than sit around the castle all day being princess-y. When Harriet learns of a curse placed upon her that means she will prick her finger on a hamster wheel, on her twelfth birthday, placing her in a deep sleep, she is ecstatic! The curse means that until she turns twelve, Harriet is invincible, so she sets out to have those epic adventures she always dreamed about. But curses can’t be avoided and on her twelfth birthday the curse is activated...although, in a most surprising and peculiar way!

Hamster Princess: Harriet the Invincible is a delightful and charming new furry twist on the Sleeping Beauty tale! Part novel and part comic, this amusing first book in Ursula Vernon’s  new series is full of laughs, girl power, and sparkling storytelling. Young readers will be captivated by the never boring world Harriet lives in. A world that is filled with all kinds of animals, mythical creatures, and thrilling monsters. Hamster Princess: Harriet the Invincible is brimming with fun adventure, laugh-out-loud humor, and exciting twists.

With Harriet, Vernon does a spectacular job of creating a truly unique and unforgettable heroine! Feisty, sassy, clever, brave, and caring Harriet will have readers cheering and charm you completely. Harriet is the epitome of girl power and shows that there is no right or wrong way to be a princess or a girl. Vernon fills Harriet’s world with an amusing and entertaining cast of characters, from a snarky quail, silly parents, a couple of surprising princes, and a whimsical baddie.

Harriet’s grand adventures and story are perfectly captured in the witty and engaging comic like illustrations.

my final thoughts: Hamster Princess: Harriet the Invincible is a rollicking, clever, and captivating book that will amuse and inspire young readers.  

4/5 yummy cupcakes

Ursula Vernon is the creator of the popular Dragonbreath series, and her work has won a Hugo award. She lives, writes, draws, and lives in a castle (ok, maybe it’s more like a house) in Pittsboro, North Carolina.

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Jennifer R said...

Happy Blogiversary!!

Lynnette said...

Harriet will be a real hit with my students! I'm looking forward to reading it.

jennifer.essad said...

I love how the cover design tells how much fun the story line will be

Lisa Shafer said...

What fun!

Charlotte said...

I love Ursula Vernon's Dragonbreath books, and am looking forward lots to this one!