I’m still working on A Dance with Dragons but I needed something quick to write about. This book fit the bill perfectly.
Genre: young reader fairy-tale chapter book
Length: 247 pages
Setting: a distant land ruled by hamsters with medieval technology
Interest: I’ve followed Ursula Vernon via blog and twitter for a while, but never had a chance to read any of her books. From what I’ve seen posted they looked amusing, so when I saw this book (which starts a new series) I snagged it to bring home.
Summary: Harriet Hamsterbone doesn’t want to be your typically pale and melancholy princess. She wants to slay monsters and go cliff-diving. When she finds out she was cursed at birth to fall into a deep sleep at the age of 12, she realizes she is invincible until then. If she’s absolutely going to prick her finger on a hamster ball and fall into a deep sleep that only a prince’s kiss can cure, then she has to survive to age 12 in order for the curse to happen. So, Harriet goes off in search of adventure with her riding quail, Mumfrey. When it comes time for the curse to be fulfilled, Harriet turns the tables on the wicked fairy god-mouse, which results in everyone else in the castle going to sleep but her and Mumfrey. Now Harriet needs to find a prince to kiss everyone in the castle (including the riding quails and hunting newts), but her reputation as Crazy Princess Harriet precedes her and most princes won’t help. She’s finally able to find someone to help – he just needs rescued first.
Final thoughts: This was such a fun book. I laughed out loud several times. There’s not any real surprises in the book if an adult is reading it since it is essentially Sleeping Beauty, but a child will have lots of fun with the story. Yes, it’s 247 pages long, but nearly every page has an illustration and the font size is larger than your typical chapter book. It took me an hour, tops, to finish the book, so even an early reader should be able to handle the book. Not only is there lots of adventure to go along with the humor, but Vernon whacks you over the head with a message to follow your heart and not do what other people expect just because that’s the way it’s always been done. Overall, a high-quality book. There’s a second book coming out this year, hopefully, called Of Mice and Magic. I’ll have to watch for it in the library!
Title comes from: Harriet is invincible until her 12th birthday when the curse sets in.
Reading challenges fulfilled: Yes, I’m counting this book because even though I read it in an hour, it’s over 200 pages long. So, a V in my author Reading the Alphabet Challenge and #2 in my Maybe 100 This Year Challenge
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