It was awesome! I think that it was a great copy of Sleeping Beauty in a more funny way. 😃
Harriet Hamsterbone is possibly the best fictional princess ever created. Vernon's writing is gold, and her cartooning is absolutely perfect here. I wish I'd read this aloud with our 8yo son, because acting out all the characters (and the narrator, who has much personality) would have been so fun. Instead, I shoved it into his hands right after I finished it and demanded he read it IMMEDIATELY. When he was done, we did the same thing to his father.
What's it about? Cursed as a baby, Harriet is fated to prick herself on a hamster wheel at age 12 and fall into a sleep from which she will never awaken. Except for the loopholes some fairy god-mice tacked on after the fact. And as Harriet realizes at age 10, the logic of the curse means she's invincible until her 12th birthday. So what's an invincible hamster princess to do? Cliff-diving, dragon-slaying, and pro jousting, of course! With her riding quail Mumfrey, she adventures across the land for two years, indulging in both her love for beating things up and her passion for fractions. ("Dear Mom and Dad, I've searched 12/32nds of the Swamp of Sorrow...") When the fateful day arrives, Harriet manages to throw a gear in the evil fairy's plan, but the results aren't what she'd hoped. Now she must set forth on a quest to save her parents.
Yes, yes, and yes. That's what I have to say about this!
When 10-year-old Harriet is told by her parents that she was cursed as an infant to become (basically) Sleeping Beauty on her 12th birthday, she sees an upside that no one else has realized: she is guaranteed to live until her 12th birthday, making her invincible. She immediately begins two years of diving off cliffs, fighting monsters, and enjoying every perilous adventure she can imagine. Of course, that's just the start of the adventure, because there is still a curse and a wicked fairy god-mouse to deal with. She won't always be invincible, and will have to learn how to defeat her enemies while facing true danger.
This delightfully and uproariously turns all sorts of conventions on their heads, from fairy tale to feminist, with wonderful illustrations and laughs on every page. It's longer and deeper than might be expected at a glance, and is loads of fun.
Amazing! I love all of Ursula Vernon's work, but this retelling of Sleeping Beauty is so great! It's snarky and heartfelt and has a mainsplaining hamster prince (!!!) who is rejected as a love interest. Actually, there's no "love interest" because the main character is 12 and she doesn't want a betrothed. This series is delightful, and I can't recommend it enough!
Princess Harriet is fun, capable and fabulous. Yay!
I cannot BELIEVE how much I liked this. It's laugh-out-loud funny, devotes a lot of page time to poking fun at fairy tale conventions, and has awesome illustrations. So funny and clever -- kids will love it, but parents will get a kick out of it too, and it would make a great readaloud. Wonderful.
A new series-starter that combines a spunky princess heroine, some (fractured) fairy tale conventions, and the graphic/hybrid format that's currently so popular. I read it aloud with my own kids and we all liked it a lot.
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