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The Girl Who Raced Fairyland All the Way Home by Catherynne M. Valente
Good-Bye, Chunky Rice by Craig Thompson
Hamster Princess: Of Mice and Magic by Ursula Vernon
Hunters of Chaos by Crystal Velasquez
I See Kitty by Yasmine Surovec
Little Robot by Ben Hatke
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The Long Utopia by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter
My Little Pony: Micro-Series: #3: Rarity by Katie Cook
One Book in the Grave by Kate Carlisle
The Outside Circle: A Graphic Novel by Patti Laboucane-Benson
Sherlock Bones 1 by Yuma Ando
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Three Bears in a Boat by David Soman
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Hamster Princess: Of Mice and Magic: 04/24/16

Hamster Princess: Of Mice and Magic by Ursula Vernon

Of Mice and Magic by Ursula Vernon is the second of the Hamster Princess books. Harriet now free of her curse is no longer invulnerable but she still prefers being a hero for hire than princess at home.

This time Harriet's adventures are a retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses. As the original story doesn't specify the names of the princesses, Vernon fills in the blanks by giving them the names of months of the year. The king is reimagined as a man obsessed with order including color coordinating. The rooms of his castle are all done in colored themes — a blue room, an orange room, a pink room, a particularly bright magenta room. He's in the process of having his massive library reorganized by color (they're working on the greens).

The basic logistics of the story are unchanged from the brothers Grimm source. But the plot holes in the story (like how is there an underground forest and castle) are filled in nicely. Moles.

The feminist spark and humor from the first book is back. Although Harriet isn't invulnerable, she's still brave and smart. She still believes that people should have a chance to make their own choices. She still doesn't like adults manipulating children for their own uses.

Of Mice and Magic is by far my favorite version of the Twelve Dancing Princesses. I am now eagerly awaiting the third book, Ratpunzel.

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Five stars

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