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 Whiskerella (Hamster princess)
 Author: Vernon, Ursula

 Publisher:  Dial Books for Young Readers (2018)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 240 p., ill. (chiefly col.), 18 cm

 BTSB No: 908611 ISBN: 9780399186554
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Princesses -- Fiction
 Adventure fiction
 Balls (Parties) -- Fiction
 Fairy godmothers -- Fiction
 Rabbits -- Fiction
 Hamsters -- Fiction
 Humorous fiction
Fairy Tales
Humorous Fiction

Price: $18.78

For her fifth adventure, when a fairy godmouse forces Whiskerella to wear glass slippers and attend balls night after night in search of a happily ever after, it's up to Princess Harriet Hamsterbone to break the spell and save the day.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.40
   Points: 3.0   Quiz: 193734

   Kirkus Reviews (+) (11/01/17)
   School Library Journal (01/01/18)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 01/01/2018 POPGr 3–6—Harriet the hamster princess faces her greatest tribulation yet: a fancy masquerade ball. She'd rather be slaying Ogrecats or fighting giants than wearing elegant gowns and dancing with dull, clumsy princes, but the party gets a boost with the arrival of the lovely Whiskerella, who exits right before midnight, leaving behind several disappointed suitors. Curious Harriet and her friends Wilson and Ratpunzel investigate only to discover a fairy godmother hell-bent on obtaining Whiskerella a happy-ever-after ending at all costs. Like previous titles in the series, this cheerfully irreverent "Cinderella" spoof hilariously deconstructs fairy-tale tropes ("And who falls in love with somebody because of their shoe size?!"). The humor turns delightfully silly at times, too, with plenty of bathroom jokes. The depiction of female characters is thoughtful: though take-charge Harriet, who eschews stereotypically feminine traits, is the star of the show, gentle Ratpunzel gets her due as well. Whimsical illustrations break up the action-packed narrative and add a comic book—like flair. VERDICT Both series fans and newcomers with a taste for snark will devour this one. Multiple copies are a must.—Mahnaz Dar, School Library Journal - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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