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Hamster Princess

Harriet the Invincible

Ursula Vernon



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18 May 2017
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- This is one of the funniest books I've read and is finally in paperback. Harriet is a Hamster Princess, cursed at her christening by the deadly Ratshade to prick her finger on a hamster wheel when she turns 12 and die. Of course the fairy godmice can change that to falling asleep, but Harriet grows up not knowing what fate has in store for her. When she discovers the curse, she realises (because she is a very clever princess, unlike the frail and pale helpless hamster-maidens her parents wish she was more like) that she is invincible! She embarks on a series of adventures until duty calls her back to face the music - but all that smiting and riding about on her hunting quail has given her cunning as well as strength. Things don't always go to plan and she has to do a bit more rescuing, persuading and cleaving… Lots of simple illustrations push the narrative along and add to the fun! Ages 7-10. Lindy Jones


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.
By:   Ursula Vernon
Imprint:   Penguin
Country of Publication:   United States
Volume:   1
Dimensions:   Height: 178mm,  Width: 141mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   397g
ISBN:   9780142427019
ISBN 10:   0142427012
Series:   Hamster Princess
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   18 May 2017
Recommended Age:   From 8 to 12 years
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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.

Reviews for Hamster Princess: Harriet the Invincible

A 2015 Texas Bluebonnet nominee A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2015 A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2015 A New York Public Library Best Book for Reading and Sharing of 2015 A Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2015 An ALA Notable Children's Book of 2016 [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

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