Whiskerella (Hamster Princess #5)
A funny, feminist twist on the Cinderella fairy tale for fans of fractured fairy talesPrincess Harriet Hamsterbone is not the kind of princess who enjoys fancy dresses or extravagant parties. Cliff-diving, fractions, and whacking people with swords are more her thing. So when she's forced to attend a boring ball in honor of a visiting ambassador, Harriet is less than thrilled--until a bewitchingly beautiful stranger arrives. Who is she? And where did she come from? The mystery leads to a not-so-wicked stepsister, an incontinent lizard, and a fairy's spell that's really more of a curse. Luckily, Harriet knows a thing or two about curses...Smart, funny, and filled with swashbuckling adventure, book five in the critically acclaimed Hamster Princess series is a hilariously re-told fairy tale for the modern age.

Whiskerella (Hamster Princess #5) Details

TitleWhiskerella (Hamster Princess #5)
Author
ReleaseJan 23rd, 2018
PublisherDial Books
ISBN-139780399186554
Rating
GenreFantasy, Childrens, Middle Grade, Humor, Juvenile, Fairy Tales, Fiction

Whiskerella (Hamster Princess #5) Review

  • Rachel (Kalanadi)
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoy the "You're my favorite daughter"/"I'm your *only* daughter!" joke cuz my dad does it with me all the time too.
  • Lata
    January 1, 1970
    Harriet's at it again, attempting to avoid her mother's attempts to get her to act like a princess. Nope, never going to happen! This time, she has to help Whiskerella get out of good fairy's desire to get a prince to sweep Whiskerella off her feet into a marriage. Never mind what Whiskerella wants! Well, Harriet does, and chaos ensues as she and Wilbur work hard to thwart the good fairy, and cause lots of damage--no, let's be fair, Harriet causes the damage, while Harriet also befriends a visit Harriet's at it again, attempting to avoid her mother's attempts to get her to act like a princess. Nope, never going to happen! This time, she has to help Whiskerella get out of good fairy's desire to get a prince to sweep Whiskerella off her feet into a marriage. Never mind what Whiskerella wants! Well, Harriet does, and chaos ensues as she and Wilbur work hard to thwart the good fairy, and cause lots of damage--no, let's be fair, Harriet causes the damage, while Harriet also befriends a visiting bat ambassador. There are numerous funny comments by each character (Harriet's father saying they should have named Harriet COLLATERAL DAMAGE was hilarious) and the story moves along briskly and now I have to wait for book six!
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  • Lola
    January 1, 1970
    In this retelling of Cinderella, Ella does not, in fact, need rescuing.Her fairy godmother put a spell on her without her permission. Now she has to go to ball after ball until a prince sweeps her off her feet.What an unfortunate situation. Luckily, Harriet and Wilbur are here to help. Harriet is especially ready to help, because she herself understands that balls can be exhausting. Not that Ella is complaining exactly, but she sure would like to be seen as she is without magic involved. I was v In this retelling of Cinderella, Ella does not, in fact, need rescuing.Her fairy godmother put a spell on her without her permission. Now she has to go to ball after ball until a prince sweeps her off her feet.What an unfortunate situation. Luckily, Harriet and Wilbur are here to help. Harriet is especially ready to help, because she herself understands that balls can be exhausting. Not that Ella is complaining exactly, but she sure would like to be seen as she is without magic involved. I was very excited to read this book. Harriet is hilarious when she has to save damsels in distress, since she hates the concept and likes to empower girls. I say ‘‘hilarious’’ because when something bothers her she becomes fierce and makes really unexpected comments that are quite entertaining.I hope this is not the last we’ll be seeing of Harriet and Wilbur, though I don’t believe it is. There are so many fairytale left to be retold—I for one can’t wait for the author to play with Beauty and the Beast as well as The Princess and the Frog. My fingers are crossed. Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’
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  • Ms. Yingling
    January 1, 1970
    Copy provided by the publisherHarriet's mother is throwing a ball for the bat ambassador, and Harriet and Wilbur are NOT thrilled. The food isn't great, and Harriet has to dance with all of the princes with whom her mother is trying to set her up. And she's twelve! Luckily, there is a bit of intrigue at the ball, with a mysterious princess fleeing at the stroke of midnight in a carriage driven by two quail. No one has heard of this princess, but Harriet talks to Ralph in the stables and finds ou Copy provided by the publisherHarriet's mother is throwing a ball for the bat ambassador, and Harriet and Wilbur are NOT thrilled. The food isn't great, and Harriet has to dance with all of the princes with whom her mother is trying to set her up. And she's twelve! Luckily, there is a bit of intrigue at the ball, with a mysterious princess fleeing at the stroke of midnight in a carriage driven by two quail. No one has heard of this princess, but Harriet talks to Ralph in the stables and finds out a little more information. She tracks down Whiskerella, only to find that she is the victim of a fairy godmother's "gift"-- whisking her away to balls when Whiskerella briefly complained about sweeping, even though her "evil sister", Misty, does the dishes! Whiskerella has no desire to marry a prince, but because of the spell, will have to continue to attend balls until she does! Unfortunately, her sister's Lizard, Stinky, was turned into the coachman and was left at the palace, where he is widdling on all the tapestries! In between finding Stinky and making sure the fairy's gift can be negated, Harriet has to deal with her mother and father, who are not pleased with their daughter's shenanigans. Harriet also isn't the most tactful hamster, and she manages to enrage the fairy godmother enough so that she and Wilbur are both turned into quail... until Whiskerella ends up with a prince. How will she manage to save the day when all anyone hears her say is "Qwerk!"?Strengths: In the version of Cinderella that I told my daughters twenty years ago, Cinderella married the prince, but then went to graduate school to major in biochemical engineering. It's completely realistic that Harriet's mother wants her to marry, and equally realistic that Harriet is more concerned with brandishing her sword and having adventures. The twist that the fairy godmother's "gift" feels more like a curse is brilliant, and the best part of any Hamster Princess book is the smartly crackling dialogue: "Is your mother afraid something will happen to you?" [asks Wilbur] "I," said Harriet with absolute confidence, " am something that happens to OTHER people." This is my new motto!Weaknesses: A bit too much concern with lizard widdle, although maybe not enough if one is 8.What I really think: These are so clever that even middle school students, when their arms are twisted just a tiny bit, adore these as much as I do. For my younger sixth grade readers, these are a first choice, and our Guys Read Pink promotion in February makes fans of the coolest, manliest 8th grade boys. Can't wait to see what Vernon will turn her trademarked humor to next!
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  • Jasmine
    January 1, 1970
    “Is your mom afraid something will happen to you?”“I,” said Harriet, with absolute confidence, “am something that happens to OTHER people.”This series is SO GOOD I love it so much.
  • Mary Catelli
    January 1, 1970
    Book 5. Minor spoilers for earlier books ahead.In which Harriet collides, full strength, with Cinderella. Her mother holds a costume ball, nominally in honor of the bat ambassador, actually to get Harriet to meet the princes without their past dislike coming into play. It doesn't work, but an astoundingly beautiful hamster shows up.The rest involves a pet lizard, disease quail are prone to, a stepsister who likes to claim to be wicked, the bat ambassador's sense of humor, and more.
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  • Andrew
    January 1, 1970
    I'm so in love with the Hamster Princess books! Whiskerella marks book #5 in the series, and it doesn't disappoint! Harriet's castle is hosting a costume ball for the bat ambassador (much to Harriet's chagrin) and a stunning hamster named Ella makes an appearance. Who is this mystery rodent? She hadn't been sent an invitation... A second party is hosted soon after, and Ella comes again. Harriet and the gang follow her home, & find out there's some magic behind all of this, in the form of a f I'm so in love with the Hamster Princess books! Whiskerella marks book #5 in the series, and it doesn't disappoint! Harriet's castle is hosting a costume ball for the bat ambassador (much to Harriet's chagrin) and a stunning hamster named Ella makes an appearance. Who is this mystery rodent? She hadn't been sent an invitation... A second party is hosted soon after, and Ella comes again. Harriet and the gang follow her home, & find out there's some magic behind all of this, in the form of a fairy that won't mind her own business!Adorable illustrations, witty dialogue, and enchanting antics ensue once again from our favorite beady-eyed heroine!
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  • Heidi
    January 1, 1970
    In a version of Cinderella turned on its head, Princess Harriet sets out to help Ella (who she names Whiskerella when they first meet) get out of an unwanted fairy's spell. Harriet isn't thrilled to be at the ball in the first place, but when she spots Whiskerella, she's intrigued by this unknown beautiful hamster. She wants to know why Whiskerella slips in dances with all the princes and then slips out in her glass slippers. She also finds it odd that Whiskerella's quail and coach driver behave In a version of Cinderella turned on its head, Princess Harriet sets out to help Ella (who she names Whiskerella when they first meet) get out of an unwanted fairy's spell. Harriet isn't thrilled to be at the ball in the first place, but when she spots Whiskerella, she's intrigued by this unknown beautiful hamster. She wants to know why Whiskerella slips in dances with all the princes and then slips out in her glass slippers. She also finds it odd that Whiskerella's quail and coach driver behave rather strangely. With the help of her friend, Wilbur, Harriet determines to find out what is going on with their strange visitor. And naturally, she finds herself up to her chin in trouble. I found myself laughing out loud at a number of parts in this story. I found this book in the series to be funnier than the others for some reason. Maybe it's because the story of Cinderella is such a well-known one that to see it turned on its head like this is just hilarious.
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  • Linda Quinn
    January 1, 1970
    Whiskerella, book number 5 in this series, is also in my opinion the best one yet. A re-write of Cinderella, this one looks at the tale from a different angle. What if the fairy godmother is an interfering busybody and Cinderella doesn’t want to marry a prince? Hilarity ensues.
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  • Julia
    January 1, 1970
    I love this snarky, feisty heroine who would rather bash things with swords and break curses than sit around in a castle and go to balls. This whole series of feminist fairy-tale retellings featuring Harriet the Hamster Princess has been both hilarious and delightful. Highly recommend!
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  • Kristen
    January 1, 1970
    Another delightful entry in this fantastic series! My favorite quote: "'Is your mom afraid something will happen to you?' 'I,' declared Harriet, with absolute confidence, 'am something that happens to other people.'"
  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    This was a different sort of Harriet-natural-disaster with a satisfying and sweet ending. So much love for these books.
  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoy this series. This book proves to be just as fun and quirky as it's companions. I love the sense of humor this fairy-tale retold has, but this book does rely a bit more on potty humor than the previous books. I wish it had been a bit wittier with the humor. Thankfully some of the adults were useful this time around, and her father got some much needed character development. Her friend Wilbur and several other male characters also got to be useful and shine a bit more in this book. I really enjoy this series. This book proves to be just as fun and quirky as it's companions. I love the sense of humor this fairy-tale retold has, but this book does rely a bit more on potty humor than the previous books. I wish it had been a bit wittier with the humor. Thankfully some of the adults were useful this time around, and her father got some much needed character development. Her friend Wilbur and several other male characters also got to be useful and shine a bit more in this book. I just wish they got to shine more often as a counter to Harriet. She tends to overshadow the others and while she is a fun character, it'd be nice if the guys also got to be amazing and have a balance between the two different kinds of strength. Fun read, and enjoyed it even though it does have some problems. These are problems the series has as a whole and there has been improvement but would like to see more when it comes to writing both male and female characters. That being said both boys and girls can find these books hilarious.
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  • Suzanne
    January 1, 1970
    We love everything Ursula Vernon writes. A little dialogue from this book to show why.... "Every little girl dreams of marrying a prince", " I didnt, I wanted to be a vampire and a knight.... I managed the knight one okay, vampire had some practical issues, as it turns out." I have a little girl who hates pink, and hates almost all princess movies, it took me 3 years to convince her to watch Mulan. Hamster Princess is one of maybe 4 princesses she will admit is cool (including Milan finally). Th We love everything Ursula Vernon writes. A little dialogue from this book to show why.... "Every little girl dreams of marrying a prince", " I didnt, I wanted to be a vampire and a knight.... I managed the knight one okay, vampire had some practical issues, as it turns out." I have a little girl who hates pink, and hates almost all princess movies, it took me 3 years to convince her to watch Mulan. Hamster Princess is one of maybe 4 princesses she will admit is cool (including Milan finally). The books are a hoot, I get as excited about reading one when it comes out as she does.
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  • Ames Public Library Youth Services
    January 1, 1970
    What can I say? I simply love Harriet the Hamster Princess. This book has it all-a fairy godmother, balls, and a hamster princess who wants to be anywhere else. Not to mention, an ambassador who just so happens to be a bat.In this Harriet has to solve the mystery of Whiskerella, a beautiful and mysterious maiden who keeps coming to the balls that her the Queen is hosting. She does this in her own special way with the help of her friend Wilbur. They even turn into quails at one point!I definitely What can I say? I simply love Harriet the Hamster Princess. This book has it all-a fairy godmother, balls, and a hamster princess who wants to be anywhere else. Not to mention, an ambassador who just so happens to be a bat.In this Harriet has to solve the mystery of Whiskerella, a beautiful and mysterious maiden who keeps coming to the balls that her the Queen is hosting. She does this in her own special way with the help of her friend Wilbur. They even turn into quails at one point!I definitely laughed out loud several times while reading.-dmz
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  • Danielle Hammelef
    January 1, 1970
    I have read every Hamster Princess book and still enjoy the unconventional princess. Harriet is fun, brave, and would rather cliff dive than go to a ball. These books are quick reads with fun illustrations throughout that also break up the text for even the most reluctant readers. I recommend these books, which don't have to be read in order of publication to get to know Harriet and her friends, family, and beloved quail.
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  • Yapha
    January 1, 1970
    Another great adventure with Princess Harriet Hamsterbone! In this, she must help undo a fairy's gift to Ella, who doesn't actually want to go to the ball and meet a prince. Full of the same clever writing and witty commentary, this is a must read for fans of the series. Highly recommended for grades 1 & up.
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  • Brenda
    January 1, 1970
    I still love Harriet Hamsterbone. I love how she suffers through her role as Princess, but understands that isn't a something for everyone. Happily ever afters cannot be mandated or manufactured for you. You have to make that happen on your own. No one should wish for a Fairy Godmother to save them. Follow Harriet's lead, and save yourself.
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  • Jessie Bond
    January 1, 1970
    Nonconformist, butt-kicking princess genre meets cute animal graphic hybrids. Princess Harriet is a charming, assertive, cliff-diving hamster princess who sets out to free Whiskerella from the unwanted spell of her fairy godmouse in an upending of the traditional story. Good humor in places. Great for fans of Babymouse, Princess in Black, and the like.
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  • Sarah Sammis
    January 1, 1970
    Like previous stories in the series, this retelling examines the price of a fairy gift. Ella, who didn't need rescuing despite having a step mother and step sister, is now forced to attend every single ball and dance in uncomfortable shoes until a prince sweeps her off her feet. The problem is: the local selection of princes (beyond Wilbur) is dire. They're all dumb and self absorbed. Harriet, though, with some help, comes up with a clever way to reinterpret the situation so that curse can play Like previous stories in the series, this retelling examines the price of a fairy gift. Ella, who didn't need rescuing despite having a step mother and step sister, is now forced to attend every single ball and dance in uncomfortable shoes until a prince sweeps her off her feet. The problem is: the local selection of princes (beyond Wilbur) is dire. They're all dumb and self absorbed. Harriet, though, with some help, comes up with a clever way to reinterpret the situation so that curse can play its course without forcing Ella into an unwanted marriage.http://pussreboots.com/blog/2018/comm...
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  • Jaymie
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 Stars. So fun! The last one didn’t click for me but this one was terrific. Everything I first loved about this series is evident - the clever twist on a classic fairy tale, the humor, the great characters.
  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    My six year old daughter loves this series! I work in a local bookstore so as soon as this installment hit the shelves (today), she snapped it up and read it. She thought this one was “the best yet”!
  • Connie Easlick
    January 1, 1970
    this is another great read! Harriet gets into another mess and has help to get out of it from a few people. It all works out in the end, as usual, but it is hilarious and a great adventure along the way.Enjoy!
  • Sandra
    January 1, 1970
    I'm such a sucker for this series. I love fractured fairy tale takes, and this one does a brilliant job keeping up the goofy fun while sneaking in quite a bit about choices and agency. (Plus it has an adorable bat ambassador-Harriet in Batavia please! And great father-daughter bonding...)
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  • Marylou
    January 1, 1970
    GreatThis is another adventure for Princess Harriet and her friends. It is a funny take on Cinderella. It is my favorite story in the series so far.
  • Ms Threlkeld
    January 1, 1970
    A smidge slow in the beginning, but then the humor and action kicked in and it was just as entertaining as the other books in the series.
  • Ian
    January 1, 1970
    Qwerk!
  • Ariel Cummins
    January 1, 1970
    Cute series is cute.
  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    This is one of the only series I will read every book of!
  • Marj
    January 1, 1970
    I hope we get more from the bat ambassador in the future!
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