Review: The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy

Title: The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom
Author: Christopher Healy
Publisher: HaperCollins Publisher
Publication Date: May 1 ,2012
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ISBN: 978-0-06-211743-4
Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy
Source: edelweiss


Enter a world where everything, even our classic fairy tales, is not at all what it seems.
Prince Liam. Prince Frederic. Prince Duncan. Prince Gustav. You've never head of them, have you? These are the princes who saved Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Snow White, and Rapunzel, respectively, and yet, thanks to those lousy bards who wrote the tales, you likely know them only as "Prince Charming." But all of this is about to change...

My thoughts:
The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy is a brilliantly funny take on the classic fairy tale stories. This is one of those books that adults as well as kids will love. Healy does a fantastic job in giving Princes Charming his own story. This book just isn't about one prince, it's about four princes who are angry at their kingdom's minstrels for getting their stories wrong. It's about the relationship they have with their princesses, and it's about overcoming obstacles to become the princes they want to be. So before you think this is the same old fairy tale that you have read over and over again. Think again.
Prince Liam, Prince Fredric, Prince Duncan, and Prince Gustav are on a quest to find the missing minstrels of their kingdoms. The princes all have their own set of problems and insecurities to deal with. The dialog between them is very witty and funny. There are many laugh out loud moments. The characters play off each other really well. The story line is really good too. It's highly entertaining. There is action, adventure, magic, and much more. This book is a joy to read from cover to cover. The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom is a fantastic book for kids of all ages. Once you pick it up, you won't want to put it down until you're finished. I highly recommend this book!
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  1. I really liked getting this peek at the lives of the princes Charming-such an oversight by the bards :) I also loved the mix of adventure, humor, and romance although I would have liked a little bit more of the latter since the love stories tend to be my favorite part of the fairy tale.

    1. I like the love story aspect of the stories as well. Maybe there will be a sequel to this book that will focus on it. This is a great book to read though. I thoroughly enjoyed it.


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