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I really liked Book 1 in this series, but I LOVE Book 2, Of Mice and Magic! The plot is much tighter than Book 1, and the whole thing is a wildly creative, funny and empowering adventure based on The 12 Dancing Princesses. In this version, the princesses are saved not by a soldier who gets to make his choice among them but by fierce, sturdy Harriet the formerly-invincible hamster princess, who gallops in on her riding quail, Mumfrey, looks at the way the dancing princesses' father has treated them (locking them in their room overnight, etc) with a VERY skeptical eye, and helps them all figure out what THEY want to do next with their lives, as well as saving them from their curse. And it's just so funny throughout! I devoured it in an afternoon and laughed out loud again and again at the fabulous humor.
Then I read it to my seven-year-old, who LOVED it, demanded more and more pages of it every night, and then immediately wanted Book 1 to be read to him.
And neither of us can't wait for Book 3! Needless to say, we pre-ordered it.
Hooray for hilarious, snarky hamster princesses and their riding-quail companions!
Enough illustrations to add a little visual touch to reading aloud to a kid, or to provide a break when reading they're reading it themselves, and more than enough purely joyful snark to make it fun reading for adults and kids alike. I'm certain I'll be reading it over again soon whether or not I have a kid to entertain.
My fourth grade granddaughter has been looking for this book for over a year since she had to turn it back into the library and was not able to ever find it again. We found it and I've helped her forget about it so that I could give it to her for her birthday in two weeks. She will be so excited!
Utterly delightful. The author managed to keep up the fun and the story entertained me completely. I so loved the series do far I bought them for my 1 year old niece. Her dad and mom really enjoyed reading the books to her, though their daughter is a bit too young to appreciate it. I don't think you can be too old to enjoy them if there is still a little kid insideof you somewhere.
Such a delight! If possible these are even better than the Dragonsbreath series. I get these for my granddaughter and then can't wait to read them myself! The appeal reaches a number of ages. We began Dragonsbreath when my granddaughter was 5 - and she's reading this series at 12. But then I'm enjoying at 70!