Hamster Princess: Harriet the Invincible


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This is an enjoyable story that will obviously appeal to kids with humor - even boys.  There are times though when Harriet is not the best role model.  When Harriet is annoyed by what she perceives as a rude butler she says to herself, "When I'm Queen, I'm conquering this stupid castle and turning it into a home for sick newts!" (p. 142) and her pet "left a steaming pile of quail poop on the doorstep". (p. 143)  When she got upset at the next castle, "she proceeded to decapitate every single topiary rabbit she saw, as well as topiary lungfish and a pair of topiary parakeets." (p. 148)  She also "wished she did have fangs" so she could "bite that prince's stupid ears off, and make him eat them.  Without salt." (p. 150)  When the going gets tough, "Both of them muttered bad words under their breath.  Harriet's was much better, but then again, she'd learned it from a one-legged weasel pirate on the Seas of Terror, and they have much better bad words than you are likely to learn on a paper route." (p. 193-194)  There is also some bathroom humor (p. 196) wondering how Ratshade could go to the bathroom with long nails.

On the good side, Harriet has to face that living life on her own terms instead of conforming to society's expectations for princessly behavior has provided her a reputation with which others are unwilling to cooperate.  Just when she is contemplating changing her ways, she finds someone who knows of her reputation and needs her help - just as she is. (Ch. 16)


Round 1 Questions

 
In what book do parents hire deportment teachers
for their daughter?

 
"Harriet the Invincible"
(p. 2)

In what book do praetors never pass up free meals?
 
 
"Harriet the Invincible" (p. 9)
 
In what book is a character consistently
on the Most Wicked List?


"Harriet the Invincible"
(p. 13) 
 
In what book does a character have
"a laugh like bones clattering down a hole in the dark"?


"Harriet the Invincible"
(p. 16) 
 
In what book does a character say, "I don't do chickens"?


"Harriet the Invincible" (p. 24) 
 
What book [is based on/spoofs]
[a combination of/popular] fairy tales?

 
"Harriet the Invincible"
 
In what book does a character ask,
"How many L's are in Olingsturm?"


"Harriet the Invincible"
(p. 45) 
 
In what book are stairs marked with fractions?


"Harriet the Invincible" (p. 65) 
 
In what book does a character
[like / "have a weird obsession with"] fractions?


"Harriet the Invincible"
(pgs. 2, 65, 77, 194) / (p. 200) 
 
In what book is a character said to have
"a mathematical turn of mind"?


"Harriet the Invincible"
(p. 113) 

In what book does a character snore
"loudly enough to rattle the windowpanes"?
 


"Harriet the Invincible"
(p. 66) 
 
In what book does a character have to get rid of
200 gallons of weed killer because it isn't organic?

 
"Harriet the Invincible"
(p. 75)

In what book is "crone" defined as
someone who is "very good at magic"?
 


"Harriet the Invincible"
(p. 118) 
 
In what book is a road lined with topiary,
which are bushes cut "into the shapes of animals"?


"Harriet the Invincible"
(p. 143) 
 
In what book does a character use plungers
[for climbing / as suction cups / in an unconventional way]?


"Harriet the Invincible"
(p. 171) 
 
In what book does someone say,
"people just needed to learn to see the beauty inside"?

 
"Harriet the Invincible"
(p. 188)

In what book does a character have
to hack their way through brambles?
 


"Harriet the Invincible"
(p. 120) 
 
In what book does a character work as a paper boy?


"Harriet the Invincible" (pgs. 183 & 226) 

In what book is a character said to have
"inherited her stubbornness from her mother"?
 


"Harriet the Invincible"
(p. 242) 
  
 Round 2 Questions

 
What is the name of the evil fairy that put the curse
on Harriet in "Hamster Princess"?

 
Ratshade
(p. 16)
 
What literary technique is Urusla Vernon using when she says,
"
a laugh like bones clattering down a hole in the dark"?

 
simile
(p. 16)
 
Why is Harriet invincible in "Hamster Princess"?

 
because the curse had to keep her alive
until her 12th birthday. (p. 35)

 
What does the Crone of the Blighted Waste
make in "Hamster Princess"?

 
[good] cookies

In "Hamster Princess", what is the name
of Harriet's riding quail?
 

 
Mumfrey
(p. 4)
 
In "Hamster Princess", how many stairs go up Harriet's tower?

 
96 (p. 65)
 
In "Hamster Princess", what does the
Crone of the Blighted Waste give Harriet to help her?

 
an [enchanted] clothespin
 
In "Hamster Princess", when Harriet goes to the third castle
in search of a prince, where do they say he is?

 
"[at the top of] a glass mountain"
(p. 154)
 
What literary technique does Ursula Vernon use when she says, "The surface of the mountain was as smooth as a punch bowl."?


simile
(p. 166)
 
 
What is Prince Wilbur doing when Harriet finds him
on top of the mountain in "Hamster Princess"?


playing cards [with the Hydra]
(p. 172)
 
 
What is the name of the prince
who does the kissing in "Hamster Princess"?


Wilbur
(p. 198)
 

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