October Read: Hamster for the Win

Little Red Rodent HoodThe best book I read this month was about a hamster.

I adore the middle grade Hamster Princess stories about Harriet Hamsterbone, who is most definitely NOT your average princess.

  • She’s a hamster
  • She used to be invincible
  • She rides a quail
  • She has no patience for fancy balls, fancy clothes, or fancy people (although she puts up with her parents’ need for all of them, since they are, after all, the King and Queen)
  • She is logical, mathematical, loyal, exceptionally brave (even though she lost her invincibility), and incredibly resourceful
  • Adventure is her middle name
  • And she is just plain fun

Officially, I pre-order these books the moment they’re available to share them with my youngest daughter. The reality is that they’re for me. I’m the one who parks on the sofa and reads them in one sitting.

Little Red Rodent Hood had everything I look for in a Harriet book: humor, cleverness, exasperated friends, were-hamsters, and a fabulous role model for my kid to emulate. Highly recommended.

It’s Little Red Riding Hood as you’ve never seen her before in this funny, feminist spin on the fairy tale, from award-winning author Ursula Vernon

Most monsters know better than to mess with Princess Harriet Hamsterbone. She’s a fearsome warrior, an accomplished jouster, and is so convincing that she once converted a beastly Ogrecat to vegetarianism. So why would a pack of weasel-wolf monsters come to her for help? Well, there’s something downright spooky going on in the forest where they live, and it all centers around a mysterious girl in a red cape. No one knows better than Harriet that little girls aren’t always sweet. Luckily there’s no problem too big or bad for this princess to solve.

In this sixth installment of her whip-smart Hamster Princess series, Ursula Vernon once again upends fairy tale tropes and subverts gender stereotypes to brilliant effect. This is a “Once Upon a Time” like you’ve never seen before.