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“The premise is indeed charming…a quest that recalls at moments the Musketeers and at others, the Marxes.” (New York Times Book Review)
“Healy’s fast-paced debut is overflowing with suspense, humor, and carefully developed characters. Healy injects age-old characters and fairy tale tropes with a fresh, contemporary sensibility, resulting in a crowd-pleaser with laugh-out-loud lines on nearly every page.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
“The fairy-tale world is tongue-in-cheek but fleshed out, creating its own humor rather than relying on pop-culture references. Healy juggles with pitch-perfect accuracy, rendering the princes as goobers with good hearts and individual strengths, keeping them distinct and believable. Inventive and hilarious.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))
“[A] lively, humorous adventure.” (Wall Street Journal)
“This is the most fun you can have short of rounding up King Arthur’s knights, filling their armor with laughing gas, and driving them to a roller disco.” (Frank Cottrell Boyce, New York Times bestselling author of COSMIC) --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
Christopher Healy is the author of The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice, as well as its two sequels, The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle and The Hero’s Guide to Being an Outlaw. Before becoming a writer, he worked as an actor, an ad copywriter, a toy store display designer, a fact-checker, a dishwasher, a journalist, a costume shop clothing stitcher, a children’s entertainment reviewer, and a haunted house zombie. He lives in New Jersey with his wife, two children, and a dog named Duncan. You can visit him online at www.christopherhealy.com.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- Publication date : May 1, 2012
- File size : 6219 KB
- Publisher : Walden Pond Press; Illustrated edition (May 1, 2012)
- Print length : 322 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00655H6T2
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #120,705 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I for one have always wondered why every king and queen in fairytale land named their son Charming. It turns out, they didn’t. In fact, these princes all have their own unique name and story, though you’d never know it due to those pesky bards! The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom focuses on four separate Princes Charming: Prince Frederic (He met Cinderella Ella at a ball), Prince Gustav (He saved was saved by a gal named Rapunzel), Prince Liam (He kissed a princess named Briar Rose and woke her up from a really long nap), and Prince Duncan (He and Snow White are rather perfect for one another). The princes have their own quirks and are vastly different though they find themselves thrown together in a quest that will save all of their kingdoms and teach them all what it means to become heroes of their own tale.
Life between the princes and princesses is not what any of them had anticipated it would be…
Ella wants adventure and life with Frederic is not at all what she had imagined it would be when she met him that night at the ball. While Ella would rather travel and explore, Frederic is much happier having a quiet picnic on his grounds – on a blanket of course, one must keep clean – or quietly admiring art in the safety of his castle, this difference in personality leads Ella to go off on her own, leaving Frederic to his safe, (somewhat boring) life.
Gustav often acts before thinking and therefore his mission of rescuing Rapunzel from her tower didn’t go as planned and she ended up leaving on her own, finding him wandering the forest, and rescuing him. As you can imagine, this is a rather sore subject for someone who believes himself to be quite the manly hero so he takes off to search for some adventure of his own and a way to make a name for himself, away from Rapunzel and his sixteen older brothers.
Liam, though arrogant, is really a bit more like the Prince Charming from the original tales. He is handsome, brave and well, princely. Unfortunately, when Prince Liam first rescued Briar Rose, he did not anticipate that she would be spoiled, selfish and an all-together mean person. This led to a rather awkward conversation in which Liam refused to marry Briar Rose and she threw a royal fit and vowed that she would marry him while he stood in shackles if need be. He promptly (and intelligently, in my opinion) put as much distance possible between himself and the princess.
Finally, Prince Duncan and Snow White are married and are quite happy for the most part. However, Duncan is rather quirky and sometimes Snow just needs some quiet time so she asks Duncan to “Go do something else” without her. He then blows Snow a kiss, leaves for a walk and becomes hopelessly lost. Lucky for him (and he will be the first to tell you just how lucky he is) he is found a few days later by Frederic and Gustav who are on their way to “rescue” Ella. Personally, I loved Duncan beyond reason. His antics and outbursts had me laughing out loud. He is definitely one of the sweetest characters I have ever had the pleasure of reading about.
Both the princes and princesses are fabulous, though I hope we hear more from Rapunzel in book two and I greatly appreciated their vast differences and limitations that made them all stand out. The villains were also fantastic; I have a rather soft spot for a witch who uses a thesaurus spell so that she can insult people more creatively! The dwarves (not dwarfs) provide some snarky fun and the trolls are vastly misunderstood creatures.
This book made me insanely happy. It made me remember what it was like to curl up with my first Wizard of Oz book as a child. It made me smile, giggle and laugh out loud, a feat that few books are able to accomplish. But most of all, it helped me realize that I really do have a soft spot for Middle Grade novels. Thank you, Mr. Healy, for reminding me what it feels like to fall in love with reading for the first time.
All four of them have been immortalized by bards, but all four have just been called Prince Charming, something they hate. When fate brings them together in a quest to find and free Ella from an evil witch, will they be able to work together? Do they even have strengths? Or will their obvious weaknesses tear them down?
I first heard of and bought this book last year, but I stupidly let the book sit on my too be read pile until this last week. Once I started reading it, I could hardly bear to put it down. This is a very different take on fairy tales and Prince Charming, but it is delightful. The story is filled with wacky humor as well as daring adventure and twists. The pages flew by, and I fell in love with these characters and how they are portrayed. While this is the story of the Princes, the ladies certainly get their chances to shine as well, so there is something for everyone.
Do not make my mistake. Buy this book today and read it as soon as it arrives. Then, like me, you’ll be looking forward to finding out what happens in the next two books in the series.
There’s one word that describes Christopher Healy’s novel, The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, the best: HILARIOUS! Christopher Healy creates a place where Princes have to fight Evil witches, bored giants, trolls, bandits, and more! My favorite character was… Ruffian the Blue, a bounty hunter, and Cinderella. Gustav, Liam, Duncan, and Frederic make a very odd friendship throughout the story. The story ends in the best way possible.
I really love the way Christopher Healy was able to spin a wacky tale just by using fairytales. Christopher Healy will leave you craving for more in this fast-paced, funny, and odd friendship. The cover is awesome and I can really see the dare-devil gleam in Cinderella’s eyes. All in all, I’ll rate this book and cover 5 stars. And I absolutely can’t wait for the next book!
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Ever wondered who all those Prince Charmings were in the fairy tales of Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel and Snow White? Well, this is the story of those Princes, their real names, what really happened in those stories and what happens when they all happen across each other and embark on the funniest adventure I've ever read!
This book is a laugh a minute. Its not very often I read a 'funny' book but when I do it only usually gets the occasional chuckle out of me. This one had me laughing out loud every few minutes - in public! I loved it!
Its not just the bizzare adventure and the strange situations the Princes get themselves into... its the dialogue, the sarcasm, the very fast comedy, its so cleverly written. The inter-action between the Princes is hillarious, mostly because they are so differnt from each other. Each of them think the others are strange, and all the Princes are especially baffled by Prince Duncan - Snow's husband. I've got to say it - he's completely cuckoo - in the best possible way! He provides a huge chunk of the humour in the things he says and the strange things he does, I looked forward to hearing what he had to say next. He was definitely my favourite Prince by far!
Seriously cannot recommend this book enough for ANY age of reader. Its classed as middle grade but I'm nearly 30 and I'm already hunting down a copy of book two and pre-ordering book 3, because like with some other middle grade books (such as Harry Potter etc), some things can definitely be enjoyed by all ages and this is certainly one of them!
Featuring all the "Prince Charmings" from our beloved fairy-tales, this story follows them on their quest to rescue their princesses, however, the princesses are not going to wait on them to save them, they go on a quest of their own.
The princes were hilarious, each with their own personality. I think I liked Snow White's prince the best. The princesses were kick-ass and it was just such a brilliant middle-grade fantasy overall.
This book made me laugh so much and I can't wait to read the rest of the series.