Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
What did you like about the book? Its sparkly cover promises a princess, but Princess Harriet is an adventure-loving, cliff-diving hamster who is unlikely to sport the garb of a traditional princess. After an altercation involving some questionable beans, Harriet Hamsterbone finds herself at the top of a beanstalk in the lair of the giant evil rabbit. There she meets Strings, a harpster (part hamster, part harp), who is the giant’s prisoner. Harriet knows that Strings must be rescued, and that she is the hamster to do it. Harriet’s daring deeds, with assistance from her trusty quail Mumfrey, show that a hamster princess can hold her own in the face of fairy tale bad guys. Clever writing with bold black, white and blue cartoon-like illustrations make this a satisfying and humorous take on Jack and the Beanstalk.
To whom would you recommend this book? Kids in grades 3-5 who like adventure, hamsters and brave princesses will enjoy this title. Although there were references to events in other titles in the series, this book can stand alone.
Who should buy this book? Elementary school and public libraries
Where would you shelve it ? Fiction
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? If you haven’t read Hamster Princess yet, then this a great place to start.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA
Date of review: July 10, 2017