My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
First Published: March 15th, 2016
Publisher: Dial Books
Recommended Age: 8+
Pacing: Super fast
Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Fairy Tale Retelling, Action, Adventure
Princess Harriet has absolutely no interest in brushing her hair, singing duets with woodland animals, or any other typical princess activities. So when a fairy tells a very bored Harriet about twelve mice princesses who are cursed to dance all night long, she happily accepts the quest and sets off with a poncho of invisibility and her trusty battle quail. But when she arrives at the Mouse Kingdom, she discovers there’s more to the curse than meets the eye, and trying to help is dangerous business . . . even for a tough princess like Harriet.
Harriet is my new favourite hamster, and this does say somewhat a lot, because I used to have a pet hamster that I loved very much when I was eleven.
His name was Ken, but after one day I realized that name was too ridiculous for a pet to have, so I nicknamed him Kenny and left it at that. In Harriet’s world, I bet Kenny would be a prince worth marrying. Just sayin’.
Here, we have a new fairy tale retelling—this time, Harriet undertakes a quest that was basically forced on her by a fairy disguised as an old lady. The hamster princess has to discover why twelve mice keep showing up in the morning with their shoes used after having gone to bed with their shoes absolutely clean.
Does this ring a bell? You guessed it, this is a retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses, my favourite fairy tale behind Beauty and the Beast. Incidentally, I do hope Ursula Vernon will one day make Harriet meet Belle and her Beast.
This is even better than the first book. Because this time a curse has befallen someone other than Harriet herself, we get to meet a whole new cast of supporting characters. No worries, Wilbur is still in the picture (and will remain in it for a long time my guess is). I am so rooting for these two.
I have to say, while the adventure is a lot of fun, the best aspect of this book is the dialog. I just love how clever this author can be, and by extension, Harriet herself. I want more!
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