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The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom Hardcover – May 1, 2012
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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)
From the Back Cover
Prince Liam. Prince Frederic. Prince Duncan. Prince Gustav. You've never heard 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. Rejected by their princesses and cast out of their castles, Liam, Frederic, Duncan, and Gustav stumble upon an evil plot that could endanger each of their kingdoms. Now it's up to them to triumph over their various shortcomings, take on trolls, bandits, dragons, witches, and other assorted terrors, and become the heroes no one ever thought they could be.
Debut author Christopher Healy takes us on a journey with four imperfect princes and their four improbable princesses, all of whom are trying to become perfect heroes—a fast-paced, funny, and fresh introduction to a world where everything, even our classic fairy tales, is not at all what it seems.
Top Customer Reviews
The story is essentially this, we relive the fairy tales of Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty (who turns out to be a real meanie), Cinderella (Ella in the story) and Snow White. Their stories are captured by wandering minstrels of the time who turn the princes into cads. Rapunzel was actually freed by the witch and her prince was thrown from the tower and blinded. He becomes a laughing stock of the kingdom. Ella is saved by her prince just as the fairy tale says with the slipper and all, except her prince charming is kind of a loser. He has no battle skills and lives for bubble baths and flute lessons. Snow White's prince saves her by the kiss, although he happened upon her glass coffin without actualy looking for her and he seems to be hypomanic. Sleeping Beauty is rescued also through "true love's kiss" awakening her, except in this version the prince refuses to marry her because she is a horrid, awful and selfish person, which in turn makes him an outcast with his kingdom since all his parents and subjects care about are the gold mines running under Sleeping's kingdom.
Prince Fredric sets off to find his fiancee, Ella and in turn meets Gustav, Rapunzel's prince. They then encounter Prince Liam, Sleeping Beauty's ex betrothed and later Prince Duncan, Snow's actual husband (Duncan is the only married Prince). Together they have several interesting adventures involving a 10-year-old bandit king, trolls, giants and a dragon.Read more ›
The four princes of Rapunzel, Cinderella, Snow White, and Sleeping Beauty haven't got much to show for their brief splash of stardom. The bards of their respective kingdoms have labelled them all as "Prince Charming" and focused on their lack of heroics. Prince Frederic (Cinderella) was an impressive dancer, sure, but the real focus was on the rest of the story. Liam (Sleeping Beauty) and Duncan (Snow White) had awakened princesses with kisses, but Briar Rose turned out to be a despot and Duncan wasn't settling into married life as well as one would hope. Then there was Gustav (Rapunzel) and Rapunzel had not only saved herself but then she'd healed him with her tears--poor prince Gustav couldn't hold his manly head up after that. This story takes place after that... when the bards of the kingdom have disappeared and the witch from Rapunzel has concocted a wicked plot to finally get her fifteen seconds of fame.
The illustrations and the tone of this were reminiscent of Disney's Tangled--and the illustrations in this were amazing. I wish I'd bought this in hardcover just so I could flip through the book and stare at them. (For those buying the Kindle version, I was impressed at the appearance on the Kindle and though the file size is larger than most non-illustrated books, it's impressively small for how many illustrations there are in this.) I can't believe this is Todd Harris's first published book.Read more ›
" 'The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom' by Christopher Healy is a funny fairytale-adventure-gone-wrong book about who *really* is the hero in fairytales.
"Prince Frederic - Prince Charming in the Cinderella story. Scared of his own shadow, but very diplomatic.
"Prince Liam - Prince Charming in the Sleeping Beauty story. Bit too full of himself, but knows how to get things done.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My 10 yr old niece loves the story. As an adult, I had a harder time getting into the book.Published 1 month ago by Scotti
This isn't one of those "fun for all ages" types of books like Harry Potter or The Golden Compass. Read morePublished 3 months ago by robin
This book was so much fun! I read it aloud to my family and everyone from my husband to my 11 year old loved it! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Cristina B.
This is a really entertaining book that takes an alternate look at the "Prince Charmings" of the fairy tales, giving them names and stories (and another adventure on top if... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Joel A. Montgomery
This may be a childrens book, but I am a senior and really enjoyed this book. Heros Guide is very imaginetive and a grest read, hard to put it down.Published 5 months ago by blkindle
It is a good book if you are into adventure. Some parts were hard to follow.Published 6 months ago by Labrasciano
I laughed a lot with this book. The premise of loser Princes Charming and frustrated villains with issues of their own grabbed me instantly. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Angela Alvarez Velez