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A magical beanstalk leads to a GIANT surprise in book four of the series that s chock-full of girl power and perfect for fans of Princess in Black and Babymouse Princess Harriet Hamsterbone doesn't go looking for trouble. She prefers to think of it as looking for adventure. But when she climbs to the top of an enormous beanstalk and sneaks into the castle at the top, HarriA magical beanstalk leads to a GIANT surprise in book four of the series that s chock-full of girl power and perfect for fans of Princess in Black and Babymouse Princess Harriet Hamsterbone doesn't go looking for trouble. She prefers to think of it as looking for adventure. But when she climbs to the top of an enormous beanstalk and sneaks into the castle at the top, Harriet finds plenty of both. The castle is home to one very poetically challenged giant rabbit with two unusual prisoners a girl who is half harp, half hamster, and an extremely large goose. This calls for a heroic rescue, and Harriet is just the hamster for the job. The fourth installment of the critically acclaimed Hamster Princess series turns the story of Jack and the Beanstalk upside down, with plenty of laughs along the way."...

Title : Giant Trouble
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ISBN : 9780399186523
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 250 Pages
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Giant Trouble Reviews

  • Lata
    2019-03-07 14:37

    4.5 stars. Another totally fun and funny installment in the further adventures of Harriet Hamsterbone. This time she climbs a huge beanstalk and encounters a Harpster, a goose that lays eggs when freaked out, and a giant rabbit. And Wilbur and Hyacinth get involved, too. And Harriet again figures out fractions of things.Why I love Harriet and her propensity for adventures, her slashing things with her sword and rescuing those in need: "Harriet had owned a dollhouse when she was young, because her mother thought that dollhouses were the sort of thing a princess should own. This lasted until she discovered Harriet using her dolls to play Invading Army, where the heroic defenders of the dollhouse stood off a siege by attackers, and occasionally threw the attackers off the roof. Her mother had been horrified and the dollhouse had been banished to the attic." Harriet and Mumfrey, with oddly enough Wilbur and Hyancinth, make for an unstoppable force.

  • Ms. Yingling
    2019-03-09 08:28

    Copy provided by the publisherHarriet is enjoying her newfound ability to return to cliff diving when a gerbil in a dark cloak approaches her to try to sell her a handful of beans. That's one of the downsides of being a famous warrior princess "cloaked figures are always jumping out at you from behind bushes". Harriet knows better than to trade Mumphrey for the beans, but Mumphrey eats one. The gerbil disappears in a puff of smoke, and Harriet hopes for the best. However, the bean makes its inevitable way out of Mumphrey and ends up growing into a giant beanstalk on the castle grounds. There's no way to chop it down without devastating the surrounding countryside, so Harriet makes her way up the stalk and discovers a harpster (hamster/harp) and a golden goose who are being held captive by a giant lop eared rabbit. In typical Harriet fashion, she goes about freeing them, with the eventual help of Wilbur.Strengths: Harriet's fractured fairy tale adventures should be required reading for younger students, but have enough sophisticated humor that they make older ones laugh as well. I adore Harriet's spirit and can-do attitude. Stinky monster shoelaces that need to be chewed to unknot them? Harriet knows it's all in a day's work and just gets it done. She's a great role model of feistiness and a much needed antidote to the traditional Disney-esque princess trope. Harriet doesn't need to be saved by anyone, although she does occasionally accept help in a pinch!Weaknesses: I have a lot of success in getting boys to read these, but the sparkly, pastel covers do work against their success with boys. What I really think: If I had small children to whom I needed to present gifts, this series would be at the top of my list. As it is, I love having them on hand to give to reluctant middle school readers.

  • Jessica Robbins
    2019-03-24 09:15

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  • Brenda
    2019-03-19 16:13

    Giant Trouble is a twist on the Jack and the Beanstalk tale with Harriet being approached by a chipmunk who's trying to trade three of his magical beans for Harriet's faithful battle quail and best friend, Mumfrey. Now anyone who knows Princess Harriet could guess that she would never exchange Mumfrey for any price, but apparently, the chipmunk salesman thinks his offer is too good to pass up on. He's also not very knowledgeable about quails either cause you really shouldn't be waving beans in front of Mumfrey because he'd surely eat one. Which is of course exactly what happens. Frustrated by the loss of one of his magical beans the chipmunk disappears in a puff of smoke leaving poor Mumfrey with some stomach troubles. The next morning, Harriet awakens to find a huge beanstalk extending up into the clouds and the sounds of harp music being played. Upon climbing up the beanstalk to investigate, she finds a Harpster (half hamster, and half harp) named Strings and a giant goose being held captive by a very large Giant Lop-eared rabbit. Harriet even promises Strings that she will help them escape. Ursula Vernon's books are always so much fun to read especially when I don't usually get around to reading many graphic novels so it's always a treat. I love how Harriet isn't a typical princess, she's adventurous and daring climbing up the beanstalk, even when's she's facing down the Giant. Vernon's stories are always filled with laughs and I especially enjoy how she twists these tales often in amusing ways. Like Mumfrey eating the bean and then providing the fertilizer so it can grow into the giant beanstalk. Such fun.

  • LolaReviewer
    2019-03-21 14:21

    Although it was somewhat entertaining, this is my least favourite Hamster Princess tome.Let’s just say that Jack and the Beanstalk is *not* my favourite fairytale. I barely even consider it to be a fairytale—more like an adventure of a sort, but not a tale that makes me dream and wonder.So it’s no surprise that I wasn’t impressed by this one. There’s also the fact that Wilbur makes an appearance *very* late into the story, meaning that it’s mostly Harriet, her quail and the new friend she made.I did like the humour, since this is something the author excels at. I doubt I’ll ever read a book from her that I’ll find boring. However, this story was all over the place, and yet took place in only one setting, which I did not appreciate.Fortunately Harriet was there to lighten the mood—and eventually Wilbur. I counted on them to bring originality to the story and divert my mind. Mixed feelings for sure, but not a bad sequel. Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’

  • Anna Hepworth
    2019-03-07 08:10

    I adore Vernon's writing, and am particularly fond of the Harriet Hamster series, and this story did not disappoint in any way. The quirky extra details are often the things that really make the stories for me -- the rescue of the harp/hamster hybrid character who is all about the heavy rock/metal music, and the basic genderqueer nature of battle quails are the ones that come to mind here. As with the previous three books, fairy tales aimed squarely at pre-teen girls which are about heroism without the requisite romance sub-plot are a delight to read, and I'm so happy that Vernon is continuing to write for this market.

  • Kristen
    2019-03-04 14:07

    This series continues to be great fun!

  • Becky B
    2019-03-24 14:22

    Princess Harriet thought she was on her way home, but then a travelling salesman tries to fast talk her into trading Mumfrey for some supposedly magic beans. Of course Harriet says no, but when the salesman persists Mumfrey takes offense and eats one of the beans. Some horrid gastric distress results and for the good of the kingdom Princess Harriet decides to camp another night instead of going home. In the morning Mumfrey is feeling better but there's been a change of scenery in the shape of a giant bean stalk. Normally Princess Harriet would just chop it down, but there seems to be someone in the cloud stuck at the top of the stalk so she's gotta investigate before clearing the overgrown plant. And of course, nothing can be boring where Harriet goes.A fun twist on Jack and the Beanstalk. This one isn't quite as hilarious as some of Harriet's previous adventures, but it is still a good read. This one actually tackles slavery in a kid-friendly way, so if you're looking for a way to talk about human trafficking this may be a safe segue. A great series for those who like fairy tale rewrites, strong female characters, and reluctant readers.Notes on content: No language issues. No sexual content. One thrown out back and some scary falls, but no one is seriously hurt. There is some bodily humor thanks to Mumfrey's bean eating and the giant's huge nostrils.

  • Stephanie
    2019-02-27 09:36

    Funny, adventurous and just so much fun, like all the other Hamster Princess twisted fairy tale adventures. My 8-y-o, 3-y-o and I all love this series! This one is a 4-star rather than 5-star book for us only because most of the jokes in the final chapter, including some of the details of the story's final resolution, completely sailed over the heads of both of my kids (the actual target audience for chapter books like this one) because they were all about threatened-lawsuits and how lawyer-talk works - and, hello, young kids have no clue about any of that stuff, so those jokes fell flat for them and they were baffled by that part of the plot's resolution - but literally the whole book up until then was wonderful and delicious, hilarious for all of us, and we raced through it as a family. Cannot wait for the next one - we'll be pre-ordering it the moment it's available!

  • Stephanie Tournas
    2019-02-28 09:11

    Its sparkly cover promises a princess, but Princess Harriet is an adventure-loving, cliff-diving hamster who is unlikely to sport the garb of a traditional princess. After an altercation involving some questionable beans, Harriet Hamsterbone finds herself at the top of a beanstalk in the lair of the giant evil rabbit. There she meets Strings, a harpster (part hamster, part harp), who is the giant's prisoner. Harriet knows that Strings must be rescued, and that she is the hamster to do it. Harriet's daring deeds, with assistance from her trusty quail Mumfrey, show that a hamster princess can hold her own in the face of fairy tale bad guys. Clever writing with bold black, white and blue cartoon-like illustrations make this a satisfying and humorous take on Jack and the Beanstalk.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-03-12 08:36

    Another great entry in the Hamster Princess series. This time Harriet encounters a chipmunk trying to sell her magic beans. Mumfrey ends up eating one, and suddenly there's an enormous beanstalk that Harriet finds herself climbing. At the top she encounters a giant and a Harpster (a hamster combined with a harp), and finds herself diving headfirst (at one point literally) into another adventure. My daughter continues to enjoy this series being read aloud to her, and I continue to enjoy the humorous twisted fairy tales.

  • Yapha
    2019-03-16 13:25

    Another great fairy tale reinterpretation! This time, Mumfry the battle quail eats a magic bean. When it comes out the other end, it grows into a a giant beanstalk. Of course Harriet climbs up! At the top she discovers a "harpster" (half harp/half hamster) and a goose being held captive by a giant rabbit. (A Giant Lop, of course.) Of course Harriet must rescue them! Filled with same fun wit and amusing take on adventuring, this latest book in the Hamster Princess series is not to be missed! Recommended for grade 1 & up.

  • Berni Phillips
    2019-03-16 15:33

    More rodential fun from Ursula Vernon. Princess Harriet meets a mysterious and rather annoying chipmunk who tries to peddle magic beans. No-nonsense Harriet isn't buying any, but in the Vernonverse, stuff always happens, and she winds up with a magic beanstalk and having to escape from a giant bunny anyway. The punk harpster (hamster harp) is a nice touch.

  • Brenda
    2019-03-11 12:36

    Princess Harriet makes me laugh. I hope lots and lots of readers enjoy her spunk and verve. I'll certainly do my best to encourage readers to enjoy her. I mean who wouldn't enjoy finding out how a hamster princess outwits a giant with the help of Mumfrey, her trained battle quail, and several other unusual friends.

  • Ella
    2019-03-23 16:18

    Uh oh. mumfrey ate a magic bean and used the bathroom. In the morning boy was princess harriet in for a shock. will she make it out their alive? or will she be dinner for someone? one her way she meet's a harpester named string's, and meet's up with an old freind named wilber!

  • Karen
    2019-03-20 12:27

    Funny and charming take on Jack and the Beanstalk. There was one obvious plothole which grated on my nerves. The giant's schtick was pretty awesome though. My 6 year old enjoyed the book, especially the giant's dialog.

  • Suzanne
    2019-03-06 08:14

    Harriet's fourth adventure is fun but not as good as the previous outings. She finds some magic beans and a giant beanstalk grows. And you can probably guess the rest. Fun for those that like the series. The first is still the best.

  • Steph
    2019-03-07 14:09

    Lots of adventure and quirky, laugh-out-loud humor with this fabulous hamster! This one was a lot of fun and kids will love the twists and adventures of the same beloved characters from the first three Hamster Princess books!

  • Danielle Hammelef
    2019-02-23 13:13

    The latest Hamster Princess book didn't disappoint me at all. So much fun to read with action, adventure, danger, and laugh out loud moments. Perfect read for middle graders with adorable illustrations throughout.

  • Ames Public Library Youth Services
    2019-03-08 16:34

    Interested in another hilarious adventure as we follow along Harriet the Hamster Princess and her friends? Me too! This one is a take on Jack and the Beanstalk.Just as funny as usual, with great characters and story.-dmz

  • Linda Quinn
    2019-03-06 12:09

    I love this series, of which this is number 4. Harriet is an adventure-seeking, kick-ass hamster princess who travels the land saving creatures in distress. It would be good enough if she were human, but as a hamster, with a battle quail named Mumfrey? Priceless.

  • Jasmine
    2019-02-23 11:22


  • Jen
    2019-02-23 13:26

    Cliff diving, magic beanstalks, a goose, a talking harp, a giant, and MORE!

  • Christine
    2019-02-23 12:17

    An utter delight! I love how clever this series is - the big break in this one was particularly good!

  • Beth
    2019-03-10 16:28

    Lots of fun, fairy tale references, and good times.

  • Danica Midlil
    2019-03-26 15:22

    Love these books!

  • Hunter Blaire
    2019-03-24 15:24

    It gets really boring. I hope the Dragon series is better.

  • Alex
    2019-03-19 13:29

    I think kids would still enjoy this series, but it has gotten a little too silly for me to continue.

  • NaomiRuth
    2019-03-26 12:14

    Fun, great twist on the beanstalk story <3

  • Gail
    2019-02-26 08:19

    Another fun adventure with Harriet. This time it's a version of Jack and the Beanstalk.