Harriet the Invincible (Hamster Princess, #1) by Ursula Vernon

Harriet the Invincible (Hamster Princess, #1)

Sleeping Beauty gets a feisty, furry twist in this hilarious new comic series from the creator of DragonbreathHarriet Hamsterbone is not your typical princess. She may be quite stunning in the rodent realm (you'll have to trust her on this one), but she is not so great at trailing around the palace looking ethereal or sighing a lot. She finds the royal life rather . . . dull. One day, though, Harriet's parents tell her of the curse that a rat pla...


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TitleHarriet the Invincible (Hamster Princess, #1)
ISBN9780803739833
Author
Release DateAug 18th, 2015
PublisherDial Books
LanguageEnglish
GenreFantasy, Childrens, Middle Grade, Humor, Sequential Art, Graphic Novels, Adventure, Fairy Tales
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Reviews Harriet the Invincible (Hamster Princess, #1)

  • Lois Bujold
    1970-01-01
    Well, that was fun. The assorted adventures of a hamster princess who figures out that if the christening curse is supposed to work on her 12th birthday, it must needs also keep her alive until then. Therefore...I first encountered Ursula Vernon through her brilliant adult short story "Toad Words". (Late off the mark, true, for anyone who knew her from her long-running webcomic Digger.) This is Vernon in her kids'-book mode. Anyone who grew up on...
  • Jim
    1970-01-01
    A quick, light-hearted, and fun fairy-tale twist, with delightful illustrations. I'll be passing this one along to my 10-year-old son for him to read next.
  • Elizabeth
    1970-01-01
    So this would have been my FAVOURITE thing as a kid. It's basically everything I would have ever wanted:1. Fairy tale retelling2. Fairy tale retelling with reversed traditional gender roles3. Fairy tale retelling of fairy tales that are less common (The Princess on the Glass hill)4. Fairy tale retelling with reversed expectations for villains (Crones baking cookies, ogres reverting to vegetarianism, etc.)Any one of those things would have sold me...
  • Lola
    1970-01-01
    Imagine a hamster princess who can do anything she wants because the curse she is under protects her from injury and death until the curse itself can claim her life.Pretty badass, no? Indeed, Harriet is one badass hamster princess. She fights creature after creature, never showing fear. So much that at some point she becomes a hero to some and a nightmare to others (the bad creatures).I could not stop reading this book. It’s fairly short and th...
  • Lata
    1970-01-01
    This is a princess story I like! Harriet Hamsterbone is cursed by the evil Fairy Ratshade to prick herself on a hamster wheel on her twelfth birthday and fall into a deep sleep. Once Harriet finds out about the curse when she’s ten years old, she realizes she can’t be hurt till then. So, Harriet takes to adventuring, jousting and ridding the world of monsters. Harriet is wonderful, determined and doesn’t suffer fools. But while she’s gain...
  • Marie the Librarian
    1970-01-01
    This was hillarious and original and I loved it! The world needs more stories about princesses who arent very princesslike but then are because they show that princesses can be kickass as well!!
  • Kathleen
    1970-01-01
    Can we talk about Harriet Hamsterbone, because I am in love with her.Harriet the Invincible is the first book in the Hamster Princess series, which could only have been written by Ursula Vernon and is in fact her newest series. I love it already. I cannot say how much I love it. I have owned this book for two hours and I want it to make its home with me forever.So Harriet is a princess (obviously) and since her father failed to invite the evil fa...
  • Ms. Yingling
    1970-01-01
    Copy received from the publisherHave to say that I was a little more excited just to get this book! Dragonbreath is so funny, and I knew this would be good!Harriet is cursed soon after birth by the evil fairy Ratshade to prick herself on a hamster wheel when she turns 12. When she is ten, her parents tell her, and Harriet thinks it's great: she is invincible for two years. She takes off across the country, cliff diving, slaying mean Ogrecats, and...
  • Mary
    1970-01-01
    Girl power meets Sleeping Beauty in this middle grade graphic novel about a hamster princess with an attitude. Princess Harriet Hamsterbone is cursed as a baby to prick her finger on a hamster wheel when she's twelve. This feisty princess quickly figures out she's invincible until she's twelve and breaks all the princess rules and goes adventuring. A laugh out loud funny tale that defies fairy tale stereotypes and leaves the reader wanting more.
  • Asal Karimi
    1970-01-01
    عاااااااالی 👌👍🌹
  • Agnė
    1970-01-01
    3.5 out of 5Harriet the Invincible is a smart, funny and light-hearted feminist take on fairy tale stereotypes through an original and highly entertaining retelling of Sleeping Beauty. Don't get fooled by all that pinkness and glitter on the cover :)Also, the format of this book (a chapter book with integrated graphic novel-like illustrations) is extremely effective!
  • Bridget
    1970-01-01
    AMAZING. I love all of Ursula Vernon's stuff, 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. I can't wait to read the next one!
  • Katy Vance
    1970-01-01
    Hilarious! Amazing! Tongue in cheek! I want more of Hamster Princess Harriet! Seriously, what a great book for upper elementary. Feminist and funny, it is the anti princess story with an ass kicking princess, who yes, happens to be a hamster. :)
  • Abby Johnson
    1970-01-01
    Such a delightful, cute, and funny book! This is Babymouse meets Whatever After and I'm going to booktalk this one all over the place this school year. :)
  • Brigid
    1970-01-01
    What a delightful book.
  • Zoe
    1970-01-01
    I'm not sure I can adequately explain how well done this is. Like Vernon's other series, Dragonbreath, this is perfectly illustrated, contains rich humor that will appeal to both kids and adults, and walks a fine line between being about adventure and the reality of friendships and family relationships. This, however, also has that very 21st century 'girl-power' vibe going on, and using the notoriously passive Sleeping Beauty twist to show it is ...
  • Theresa Poquis
    1970-01-01
    This feminist retelling of the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale was funny and smart and had just enough sass for Mom to enjoy while reading to seven-year-old daughter. Lots of tougher vocabulary, but with enough context that a strong reader could figure out the meaning via context clues.
  • C.E. G
    1970-01-01
    Ursula Vernon's humor is top-notch, and I'd readily recommend this to any kids. It felt a lot like the kid's version of Digger, which I loved immensely.
  • Emily
    1970-01-01
    I'll admit, I was doubtful (what's that about not judging a book?...hmm), but I've come to adore Harriet and her sass.
  • Nina C.
    1970-01-01
    En fin, morsom og lettlest vri på de «klassiske prinsesse» eventyrene, kanalisert gjennom en tøff hamster. Satt flere ganger å små humret for meg selv 💪🏻🙂📚 Gleder meg til å lese mer i serien.
  • Rachel Joy
    1970-01-01
    Lots of fun!Would recommend this book to older children, say middle school and older. The language and humor would be completely lost on a younger audience.
  • Amie
    1970-01-01
    Delightful book, but I have to mention the incorrect terminology used when describing reducing fractions - the main character loves fractions so this seems like an important thing to get correct.
  • Sarah
    1970-01-01
    This might have been the highlight of my birthday reading. I cannot wait for more Harriet adventures.
  • Sam
    1970-01-01
    7-year-old daughter disliked it. 11-year-old daughter loved it. So I split the difference.
  • Mary
    1970-01-01
    I read this to my daughter and it's SO GOOD. Harriet is a strong, clever heroine and the book is hilarious. Will definitely be reading the next one. Qwerk!
  • Dawn Koch
    1970-01-01
    A cute and funny and enjoyable book!
  • Sam
    1970-01-01
    4.5Huge thank you to Penguin Canada for this ARC!Earlier in the year I had the chance to read Castle Hangnail by Ursula Vernon and I thought it was a wonderful, quirky read. In this retelling of Sleeping Beauty, Harriet is cursed as a child. However, the curse doesn't exactly go as planned, because she was made invincible until her twelfth birthday. Harriet, completely in love with her new found powers, enjoys fighting dragons, jumping off high c...
  • Lacey Louwagie
    1970-01-01
    This book was super fun -- a retelling of Sleeping Beauty featuring a sturdy, sassy princess who figures out how to use the curse to her advantage. It's funny and subversive without being heavy-handed, equally suited to be enjoyed by kids or adults. I love that Harriet acts like a REAL 12-year-old (even if she is a hamster :)), and of course, the artwork is exuberant and expressive. Will definitely keep reading this series, and would recommend th...