Parents' Guide to

Ratpunzel: Hamster Princess, Book 3

By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Adventurous princess does the rescuing in fun graphic novel.

Ratpunzel: Hamster Princess, Book 3 Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

There aren't any parent reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: Not yet rated
Kids say: Not yet rated

Princess Harriet turns fairy tale conventions on their head once again in her third graphic novel, a fast and hilarious read for would-be princesses, princes, and brave warriors of all types. Ratpunzel: Hamster Princess combines the classic tale of the magically long-haired prisoner with a whodunit involving a distraught mother and her stolen egg. Author Ursula Vernon balances sly jokes with just enough suspense to keep things from getting too comfortable. Harriet rolls her eyes at fairy tale traditions and is savvy enough to view her world through more practical eyes (would a rope climb really be the only way in or out of a tower?).

It's refreshing to see a female hero who can free not only the princess but a host of princes and would-be rescuers and then reject multiple offers of service and marriage ("I'm twelve!" she scolds her suitors). Vernon's illustrations -- colored in shades of gray and blue -- are just as charming as her wry, laugh-out-loud text.

Book Details

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate