Whiskerella (Hamster Princess #5) by Ursula Vernon

Whiskerella (Hamster Princess #5)

A funny, feminist twist on the Cinderella fairy tale for fans of fractured fairy talesPrincess Harriet Hamsterbone is not the kind of princess who enjoys fancy dresses or extravagant parties. Cliff-diving, fractions, and whacking people with swords are more her thing. So when she's forced to attend a boring ball in honor of a visiting ambassador, Harriet is less than thrilled--until a bewitchingly beautiful stranger arrives. Who is she? And where...

Details Whiskerella (Hamster Princess #5)

TitleWhiskerella (Hamster Princess #5)
Release DateJan 23rd, 2018
PublisherDial Books
GenreFantasy, Childrens, Middle Grade, Humor, Juvenile, Fairy Tales, Fiction

Reviews Whiskerella (Hamster Princess #5)

  • Rachel (Kalanadi)
    I enjoy the "You're my favorite daughter"/"I'm your *only* daughter!" joke cuz my dad does it with me all the time too.
  • Lata
    Harriet's at it again, attempting to avoid her mother's attempts to get her to act like a princess. Nope, never going to happen! This time, she has to help Whiskerella get out of good fairy's desire to get a prince to sweep Whiskerella off her feet into a marriage. Never mind what Whiskerella wants! Well, Harriet does, and chaos ensues as she and Wilbur work hard to thwart the good fairy, and cause lots of damage--no, let's be fair, Harriet cause...
  • Ms. Yingling
    Copy provided by the publisherHarriet's mother is throwing a ball for the bat ambassador, and Harriet and Wilbur are NOT thrilled. The food isn't great, and Harriet has to dance with all of the princes with whom her mother is trying to set her up. And she's twelve! Luckily, there is a bit of intrigue at the ball, with a mysterious princess fleeing at the stroke of midnight in a carriage driven by two quail. No one has heard of this princess, but ...
  • Jasmine
    “Is your mom afraid something will happen to you?”“I,” said Harriet, with absolute confidence, “am something that happens to OTHER people.”This series is SO GOOD I love it so much.
  • Mary Catelli
    Book 5. Minor spoilers for earlier books ahead.In which Harriet collides, full strength, with Cinderella. Her mother holds a costume ball, nominally in honor of the bat ambassador, actually to get Harriet to meet the princes without their past dislike coming into play. It doesn't work, but an astoundingly beautiful hamster shows up.The rest involves a pet lizard, disease quail are prone to, a stepsister who likes to claim to be wicked, the bat am...
  • Andrew
    I'm so in love with the Hamster Princess books! Whiskerella marks book #5 in the series, and it doesn't disappoint! Harriet's castle is hosting a costume ball for the bat ambassador (much to Harriet's chagrin) and a stunning hamster named Ella makes an appearance. Who is this mystery rodent? She hadn't been sent an invitation... A second party is hosted soon after, and Ella comes again. Harriet and the gang follow her home, & find out there's som...
  • Heidi
    In a version of Cinderella turned on its head, Princess Harriet sets out to help Ella (who she names Whiskerella when they first meet) get out of an unwanted fairy's spell. Harriet isn't thrilled to be at the ball in the first place, but when she spots Whiskerella, she's intrigued by this unknown beautiful hamster. She wants to know why Whiskerella slips in dances with all the princes and then slips out in her glass slippers. She also finds it od...
  • Linda Quinn
    Whiskerella, book number 5 in this series, is also in my opinion the best one yet. A re-write of Cinderella, this one looks at the tale from a different angle. What if the fairy godmother is an interfering busybody and Cinderella doesn’t want to marry a prince? Hilarity ensues.
  • Julia
    I love this snarky, feisty heroine who would rather bash things with swords and break curses than sit around in a castle and go to balls. This whole series of feminist fairy-tale retellings featuring Harriet the Hamster Princess has been both hilarious and delightful. Highly recommend!
  • Kristen
    Another delightful entry in this fantastic series! My favorite quote: "'Is your mom afraid something will happen to you?' 'I,' declared Harriet, with absolute confidence, 'am something that happens to other people.'"
  • Jen
    This was a different sort of Harriet-natural-disaster with a satisfying and sweet ending. So much love for these books.
  • Kenya Starflight
    The "Hamster Princess" books keep getting better, and I've highly enjoyed reading about Harriet, her friend Wilbur, and her loyal battle-quail Mumphrey as they happily fracture and subvert many classic fairy tales together. These books not only have fun and cute illustrations but a feisty and fun heroine, plenty of action, and a generous helping of humor that both kids and adults can appreciate. And "Whiskerella" continues the tradition, giving u...
  • Becky B
    The Hamster Queen is hosting a ball in honor of the Bat Ambassador's visit. At least, that's the excuse she's using. She really is husband hunting for Princess Harriet even though Harriet is only twelve and has years before marriage would be a reality. (Never mind the fact that Harriet has zero interest in marriage and even less interest in the nearby princes.) But the ball isn't entirely as boring as Harriet foresees. For a strange and stunningl...
  • Rebecca
    I really enjoy this series. This book proves to be just as fun and quirky as it's companions. I love the sense of humor this fairy-tale retold has, but this book does rely a bit more on potty humor than the previous books. I wish it had been a bit wittier with the humor. Thankfully some of the adults were useful this time around, and her father got some much needed character development. Her friend Wilbur and several other male characters also go...
  • Suzanne
    We love everything Ursula Vernon writes. A little dialogue from this book to show why.... "Every little girl dreams of marrying a prince", " I didnt, I wanted to be a vampire and a knight.... I managed the knight one okay, vampire had some practical issues, as it turns out." I have a little girl who hates pink, and hates almost all princess movies, it took me 3 years to convince her to watch Mulan. Hamster Princess is one of maybe 4 princesses sh...
  • Ames Public Library Youth Services
    What can I say? I simply love Harriet the Hamster Princess. This book has it all-a fairy godmother, balls, and a hamster princess who wants to be anywhere else. Not to mention, an ambassador who just so happens to be a bat.In this Harriet has to solve the mystery of Whiskerella, a beautiful and mysterious maiden who keeps coming to the balls that her the Queen is hosting. She does this in her own special way with the help of her friend Wilbur. Th...
  • Danielle Hammelef
    I have read every Hamster Princess book and still enjoy the unconventional princess. Harriet is fun, brave, and would rather cliff dive than go to a ball. These books are quick reads with fun illustrations throughout that also break up the text for even the most reluctant readers. I recommend these books, which don't have to be read in order of publication to get to know Harriet and her friends, family, and beloved quail.
  • Anna Hepworth
    This, the fifth book in the pragmatic fairy-tale based Harriet Hamsterbone series, delights as much (or more) as the previous four. Harriet bring her experience with dealing with fairy magic to bear when the mysterious Whiskerella turns up at a royal ball. Harriet continues to be a no nonsense hero for our times.
  • Yapha
    Another great adventure with Princess Harriet Hamsterbone! In this, she must help undo a fairy's gift to Ella, who doesn't actually want to go to the ball and meet a prince. Full of the same clever writing and witty commentary, this is a must read for fans of the series. Highly recommended for grades 1 & up.
  • Brenda
    I still love Harriet Hamsterbone. I love how she suffers through her role as Princess, but understands that isn't a something for everyone. Happily ever afters cannot be mandated or manufactured for you. You have to make that happen on your own. No one should wish for a Fairy Godmother to save them. Follow Harriet's lead, and save yourself.
  • Jessie Bond
    Nonconformist, butt-kicking princess genre meets cute animal graphic hybrids. Princess Harriet is a charming, assertive, cliff-diving hamster princess who sets out to free Whiskerella from the unwanted spell of her fairy godmouse in an upending of the traditional story. Good humor in places. Great for fans of Babymouse, Princess in Black, and the like.
  • Sarah Sammis
    Like previous stories in the series, this retelling examines the price of a fairy gift. Ella, who didn't need rescuing despite having a step mother and step sister, is now forced to attend every single ball and dance in uncomfortable shoes until a prince sweeps her off her feet. The problem is: the local selection of princes (beyond Wilbur) is dire. They're all dumb and self absorbed. Harriet, though, with some help, comes up with a clever way to...
  • Jaymie
    4.5 Stars. So fun! The last one didn’t click for me but this one was terrific. Everything I first loved about this series is evident - the clever twist on a classic fairy tale, the humor, the great characters.
  • Michelle
    My six year old daughter loves this series! I work in a local bookstore so as soon as this installment hit the shelves (today), she snapped it up and read it. She thought this one was “the best yet”!
  • Connie
    this is another great read! Harriet gets into another mess and has help to get out of it from a few people. It all works out in the end, as usual, but it is hilarious and a great adventure along the way.Enjoy!
  • Jules Bertaut
    Oh lord, this might be the best series ever and this is a fine installment of it and I cannot talk about this book rationally, all I can say is squee. Also I'm very glad that someone else has has the thoughts I have about glass slippers. That was very affirming.
  • Sandra
    I'm such a sucker for this series. I love fractured fairy tale takes, and this one does a brilliant job keeping up the goofy fun while sneaking in quite a bit about choices and agency. (Plus it has an adorable bat ambassador-Harriet in Batavia please! And great father-daughter bonding...)
  • Marylou
    GreatThis is another adventure for Princess Harriet and her friends. It is a funny take on Cinderella. It is my favorite story in the series so far.
  • Ms Threlkeld
    A smidge slow in the beginning, but then the humor and action kicked in and it was just as entertaining as the other books in the series.