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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 750L (What's this?)
  • Series: Hero's Guide (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Walden Pond Press (April 30, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062118455
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062118455
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #313,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 4-6-The League of Princes is back in this sequel to Healy's fractured fairy tale, The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom (HarperCollins, 2012). After having finally gained recognition by teaming up to defeat an evil witch in the first book, Princes Frederic, Gustav, Liam, and Duncan (the Princes Charming of "Cinderella," "Rapunzel," "Briar Rose," and "Snow White") are ready to be heroes again. They reunite to take back a priceless (and possibly magical) sword stolen by their old nemesis, the Bandit King. Uproarious adventure follows, with plenty of action and hilarious dialogue, as well as some deeper insights into the princes, princesses, and villains. This highly satisfying sequel to the first tale still leaves readers hanging for more.-Jenny Berggren, formerly at New York Public Libraryα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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After demonstrating how to do get things done (for better or worse) in The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom (2012), the four Princes Charming—count ’em: Liam, Frederick, Duncan, and Gustav, each with his own issues—reunite for some castle storming. And what’s a little blackmail and kidnapping among friends, especially when it leads the partners of Cinderella and the other princesses on such an entertaining and magic-filled quest through the fractured realm of fairy tales? Never fear if it perhaps goes on just a tad too long, as readers will likely be laughing too hard to notice. Complete interior illustrations unseen. Grades 3-6. --Andrew Medlar

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My 8 year old son loves these books and has read the first 2 twice.
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The Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle (and The Hero's Guide to Saving the Kingdom) is a fun, family-friendly read.
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If you like good stories and like to laugh, READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By The Flashlight Reader on May 20, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Another great installment in the League of Princes series!

This time around we see a whole new side to some of our beloved princes and princesses. I was so intrigued by the 'other side' of Briar Rose and Liam. I can't tell you much, but I can say there are some definite surprises in store for you, dear reader.

What I really enjoyed in The Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle were the new characters. The villains were extra vile and the sidekicks were extra punchy. (I love Mr. Troll!) The ending had a nice surprise that sets the stage perfectly for the next book. I also really enjoyed watching some of the princes grow. Liam learned that he is not perfect, and Frederic learned he has strengths. Duncan is still a little 'off' but such a delight. I really think that he and Snow White are my favorites.

If you're wondering what you can expect in The Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle, that's simple. You can expect mischief and mayhem of the highest quality. You can also expect uproarious laughter and strange looks from bystanders (because you will laugh out loud). Finally, though, you can expect an excellent adventure full of surprises that will not disappoint.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lori Johnston on August 2, 2013
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A spoof of fairy tales... enormously silly but entertaining in that it gives a spin on your old favorite tales.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By GO on February 6, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I LOVE this series. I like to call it a Funky Fairytale. This was just as charming--and ZANY--as the first book. A fun action-filled romp of an adventure. The narration alone is humorous. It sounds personal as if it is talking directly to you. I was yet again entertained by the titles: "A Hero Cries at Weddings," "A Hero Makes It Up as He Goes Along," "A Hero is Grossed Out by Sticky Floors." Some titles were even dedicated to the villains: "The Villian Redecorates" and "The Villian Just Wants to Have Fun," to name a few. At the beginning of their chapters were snippets from "The Warlord's Path to Power." An excellent example: "A warlord's home should inspire fear in all who lay eyes on it. The walls should induce shivers; the entryway should instill abject terror. Visions of the welcome mat should haunt visitors in their nightmares." Good stuff!

The villains played a much bigger part in this sequel which made it more delicious. Their point of view was wicked fun. Here's a description of one of the new villains, Lord Rundark: He was "born out of a mad alchemist's attempt to distill the essence of pure evil. Others claim he emerged fully grown from an erupting volcano. Although it's also possible that he was the son of a used-cart salesman from Nebbish Village--they didn't keep very good records in Dar." Ha ha. It mentioned that he "killed one of his captains for blinking too much". Deeb Rauber is back with an unnecessary eye patch and pants with holes in the knees. He is an eleven-year-old boy who goes around depantsing people just for the heck of it. He "displayed his ability for yanking down his underlings' pants without them noticing." Reminds me of my youth. Good times.

Gustav is a favorite of mine.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SciFiChick VINE VOICE on June 28, 2013
Format: Hardcover
The Princes are back in another fun-filled adventure in this charming sequel. The heroes and their princesses are based on familiar fairy tales with a fun twist. The characters are unique, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. The villains are wicked but silly, and are just as much a source of humor as the heroes. This story is just as rousing and delightful as before. This is an enjoyable and witty fantasy series that I highly recommend for fantasy fans of all ages.

Review previously posted at SciFiChick.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jane Easterly on September 27, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This sequel to The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom is not as good as the first (which I really enjoyed). There are so many characters now I had trouble keeping track, and it dragged at times. The novelty has worn off a bit. Still, I was interested enough in the author's take on well known fairy tale characters to finish it. I am an adult, but any reader in the appropriate age range (8-12 years) who enjoyed the first is likely to enjoy this one as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Heather on May 24, 2013
Format: Hardcover
There are characters upon characters in this novel! So many that it's really too hard to break it up and tell you about each one. I'll tell you my favorites. Gustav, the Prince Charming from the story of Rapunzel. All he wants to do is clobber somebody. There is no finesse to him. He's got a battle axe and he ain't afraid to use it. Or without it, he'll just jump into the fray. Whichever he feels like. He'd be the large guy on the cover with the blond hair. Oh and he's got a great way with words. Frederic, Cinderella's Prince Charming likes to wear nice clothes. So Gustav calls him "Tassels" and Briar Rose, better known as Sleeping Beauty is also called "Miss Prissy Pants" by Gustav (though I think he might have a secret crush on her).

I also love Liam. He finds out he's a fraud and he is forced to marry Briar Rose, the princess he awakened with a kiss and he's just really having a bad time of it. But, he still manages to pull his bootstraps up and become the leader the League of Princes needs (it should really be League of Princes and Princesses). Not that I'm saying he doesn't make mistakes, he does. Like being jealous of Prince Frederic who is engaged to Cinderella (Ella) who is much more suited to Liam. And having huge holes in his plan to get the treasure, but he's not listening to suggestions on how to fill them. And boy does he want to get out of his marriage to Briar Rose!

The World- Well, it's a fantasyland. There are giants, trolls, gnomes, castles, inhabited and uninhabited. Witches, bandits, enchanted treasures, dragons, all kinds of fantastical creatures you can imagine and magical tears that can heal most any injury. So it's your pretty typical Fairy Tale World.
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Before delving into Fairy Tale Land to write The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom and its sequel, The Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle, Christopher Healy held numerous other jobs, including actor, ad copywriter, toy store display designer, fact-checker, dishwasher, journalist, costume shop clothing-stitcher, children's entertainment reviewer, and haunted house zombie (though not in that order). He commutes to Fairy Tale Land from his home in New Jersey (not too, too far from where he grew up in New York City), where he lives with his wife, two children, and a dog named Duncan. The Hero's Guide series is his first work of fiction.

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