My rating: 3 of 5 stars
First Published: May 9th, 2017
Publisher: Dial Books
Recommended Age: 8+
Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Fairy Tale Retelling, Action, Adventure
Princess Harriet Hamsterbone doesn’t go looking for trouble. She prefers to think of it as looking for adventure. But when she climbs to the top of an enormous beanstalk and sneaks into the castle at the top, Harriet finds plenty of both. The castle is home to one very poetically challenged giant rabbit with two unusual prisoners a girl who is half harp, half hamster, and an extremely large goose. This calls for a heroic rescue, and Harriet is just the hamster for the job.
Although it was somewhat entertaining, this is my least favourite Hamster Princess tome.
Let’s just say that Jack and the Beanstalk is *not* my favourite fairytale. I barely even consider it to be a fairytale—more like an adventure of a sort, but not a tale that makes me dream and wonder.
So it’s no surprise that I wasn’t impressed by this one. There’s also the fact that Wilbur makes an appearance *very* late into the story, meaning that it’s mostly Harriet, her quail and the new friend she made.
I did like the humour, since this is something the author excels at. I doubt I’ll ever read a book from her that I’ll find boring. However, this story was all over the place, and yet took place in only one setting, which I did not appreciate.
Fortunately Harriet was there to lighten the mood—and eventually Wilbur. I counted on them to bring originality to the story and divert my mind. Mixed feelings for sure, but not a bad sequel.
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