- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Lexile Measure: 0810 (What's this?)
- Series: Hamster Princess (Book 1)
- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Puffin Books; Reprint edition (May 2, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0142427012
- ISBN-13: 978-0142427019
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 63 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hamster Princess: Harriet the Invincible Paperback – May 2, 2017
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"[A] charming, funny, subversive middle-grade illustrated fantasy." — Cory Doctorow, New York Times bestselling author, activist, and co-editor of Boing Boing
* "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
"Middle-graders with a taste for absurdity and snark will find plenty of both here...Fans of Holm’s Babymouse (Babymouse: Queen of the World, BCCB 12/05) series or Vernon’s Dragonbreath (BCCB 9/09) series will definitely want to tag along on Harriet’s future adventures." —BCCB
About the Author
Ursula Vernon is a full-time author and illustrator whose work has won a Hugo award and been nominated for an Eisner. She loves birding, gardening, and spunky heroines, and thinks she would make a terrible princess. Ursula lives with her husband in Pittsboro, North Carolina.
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He is lucky I didn't have this book. We'd have been up all night.
Harriet Hamsterbone is completely, unstoppably, indubitably awesome. Whether she's telling you what fraction beat you are at checkers, or rescuing a helpless dragon, Harriet is the kind of hamster you want to hang out with. Nothing ever quite happens as expected, and all of it is wonderful.
The publisher says this is for kids in grades 3-7. I don't know what they're thinking there. It is never too early to introduce your children to characters who think fractions are cool.
The book is almost a Muppet Show version of sleeping beauty. The protagonist is far stronger and smarter (and furrier) than the usual insipid princess with nice little side references to at least one other fairy tale. And like the muppet show, while it's theoretically for kids, it's full of humor for the adults keeping their reading children company.
If you/your kid enjoyed the adventures of Danny Dragonsbreath, you'll definitely like this. There's some clear parallels in the main characters, but it's different enough to not feel like a photocopy.