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Hamster Princess: Harriet the Invincible

By Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Sassy, quippy graphic novel shreds princess conventions.

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age 4+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 4+

The Princess We Never Knew We Needed

One of the best books I have heard of for kids ages 4-8. It is clever in a way that even had me laughing sometimes. Harriet, the hamster princess is destined to be a helpless princess under a spell. But she will have none of this. Instead of this spell causing her to feel weak, she realizes that a catch in the spell makes her invincible. She is the clift diving, dragon slaying, chaos making princess we never knew we needed! I am not fond of violence, and while there is just a little in the book, it feels very down played. Instead this princess mostly fights back with her wits.
age 3+

Our family loves this series!

We read this book and it's 3 sequels with our 3 year old who simply ADORED them! We read the 5th book when it was released after she turned 4. My husband and I frequently laughed out loud while reading and it was wonderful family time. I cannot recommend the Hampster Princess series highly enough. These are adventures both girls ave boys will enjoy.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Told in sharp graphic novel style with quippy narration on every page, this fun twist on princess adventures is a fast, engaging read with a strong voice. With nonstop wryness, the rough-and-tumble protagonist of HAMSTER PRINCESS: HARRIET THE INVINCIBLE shatters traditional princess narratives. She fights, travels, takes risks, and shrugs it all off with an impossible cool that worries her parents to no end and leaves her restless for the next fun adventure. It's fun to see a poor prince who isn't so great at saving anyone, an evil fairy who provides more challenge than wickedness, and a humble queen who doesn't need to put on airs.

The sparkly cover and princess angle may draw princess lovers of all ages, but much of the wit may fly over the heads of younger girls (what 8-year-old will remember door-to-door salesmen, much less ones hawking cookbooks?). So don't be surprised if younger kids like the book but can't quite connect with all of it just yet.

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