Vernon, Ursula. Of Mice and Magic (Hamster Princess #2)
March 15th 2016 by Dial Books
E ARC from Edelweiss Above the Treeline
When an elderly lady approaches Harriet, Harriet is suspicious that the woman is a fairy, so shares her lunch and is kind. When she proves to be correct, the fairy has a quest for her-- she is to find out why the 12 princesses are wearing through so many shoes, and no one can figure out why. Harriet, with her inimitable style, befriends the princesses and undertakes the quest. She doesn't care about winning the hand of a princess, although half the kingdom would be nice, but since she can no longer engage in cliff-jumping, she has nothing better to do. With the help of Wilbur, who has taken a job at the castle because his own kingdom ins in financial need, she manages to uncover the secret and free the princesses from the real problem... their father!
Strengths: It is impossible to do justice to how fabulous Harriet is! She is snarky, resourceful, and loves adventure. She redefines what being a hamster princess really is! The first book in this series, Harriet the Invincible, is aggressively pink, and I love to recommend it to all of the boys in my school so that they expand their horizons. They all end up loving it, and hopefully this teaches them not to have preconceived notions about gender. Fun fairy tale retellings, poking gentle fun at traditional stories as well. Every library needs this series!
Weaknesses: In order to get the pictures on my Nook, I had to read this with about 6 point font. It made me cranky, and also reluctant to go back and look for amusing things that Harriet says!
What I really think: I love everything Vernon does and can't wait to see what comes next.
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