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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.

©2018 Ursula Vernon (P)2018 Recorded Books

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A familiar fairy tale turned inside out

Ursula Vernon is, as always, a delight.

In this case, she takes the story of Little Red Riding Hood, and turns it inside out and sideways, with wonderful results.

Princess Harriet Hamsterbone and her friend Wilbur respond to a plea from a very odd young hamster girl, dressed all in red. and mount their riding quail to go to the aid of her grandmother. Grandmother's cottage in the woods is surrounded by weaselwolves of nefarious intent...

Well, of course they have nefarious intent. Weaselwolves eat hamsters, right? So Harriet and Wilbur are quite puzzled to find the weaselwolves hiding behind trees, apparently afraid of Red.

What's going on? The more they investigate, the stranger things seem, and the less certain Harriet is that Red is the one in need of help.

This is just a lot of fun. If you have kids in the intended middle grade age range, use them as your excuse. If not, well, read or listen to it anyway.

Recommended.

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  • Elisabeth Carey
  • 09-27-18

A familiar fairy tale turned inside out

Ursula Vernon is, as always, a delight.

In this case, she takes the story of Little Red Riding Hood, and turns it inside out and sideways, with wonderful results.

Princess Harriet Hamsterbone and her friend Wilbur respond to a plea from a very odd young hamster girl, dressed all in red. and mount their riding quail to go to the aid of her grandmother. Grandmother's cottage in the woods is surrounded by weaselwolves of nefarious intent...

Well, of course they have nefarious intent. Weaselwolves eat hamsters, right? So Harriet and Wilbur are quite puzzled to find the weaselwolves hiding behind trees, apparently afraid of Red.

What's going on? The more they investigate, the stranger things seem, and the less certain Harriet is that Red is the one in need of help.

This is just a lot of fun. If you have kids in the intended middle grade age range, use them as your excuse. If not, well, read or listen to it anyway.

Recommended.

I bought this audiobook.

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  • Elisabeth Carey
  • 09-27-18

A familiar fairy tale turned inside out

Ursula Vernon is, as always, a delight.

In this case, she takes the story of Little Red Riding Hood, and turns it inside out and sideways, with wonderful results.

Princess Harriet Hamsterbone and her friend Wilbur respond to a plea from a very odd young hamster girl, dressed all in red. and mount their riding quail to go to the aid of her grandmother. Grandmother's cottage in the woods is surrounded by weaselwolves of nefarious intent...

Well, of course they have nefarious intent. Weaselwolves eat hamsters, right? So Harriet and Wilbur are quite puzzled to find the weaselwolves hiding behind trees, apparently afraid of Red.

What's going on? The more they investigate, the stranger things seem, and the less certain Harriet is that Red is the one in need of help.

This is just a lot of fun. If you have kids in the intended middle grade age range, use them as your excuse. If not, well, read or listen to it anyway.

Recommended.

I bought this audiobook.