A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Shows a different kind of princess and fairy tale, which could lead to comparisons with traditional fairy tales and princesses.
Strong messages about strength, individuality, the importance of challenging convention, keeping an open mind, turning challenges into positive experiences.
Positive Role Models
Harriet is an unconventional princess who's smart, tough, sassy, independent, and stubborn. She slays dragons, wins jousting matches, and bungee-jumps. Various characters throughout the book upend traditional fairy tale expectations, such as a humble queen and a prince who's nice but not particularly resourceful or adventurous and doesn't want to get married.
Violence & Scariness
An evil fairy tries to strangle a princess. An ogre who used to eat people has a yard littered with bones. Dragons are slain.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Hamster Princess: Harriet the Invincible is the first book in a quirky, brainy, sassy new graphic novel series from Dragonbreath creator Ursula Vernon. It hijacks the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale to tell the story of a 10-year-old hamster princess who upends most notions about princesses. She slays dragons, jumps off cliffs, and repeatedly trades posture-enhancing activities for character-building adventure. There's a whip-smart, tongue-in-cheek, wry tone to the book that makes it best for princess-tale veterans who can appreciate the gleeful shredding of traditional princess narratives, sarcastic jokes, and world-weary vibe.
Is It Any Good?
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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