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Fractured Fairytale Mayhem Stays Right on Track!,
This review is from: The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom (Hardcover)
As a mother who screens everything her 13-year-old, crazy-about-fractured-fairy-tales daughter reads, there have been many times I've reconsidered my decision to be proactive in said daughter's literary pursuits. Since my own tastes run towards historical fiction, there have been times when, if I had to pick up yet another fractured fairytale, I was going to barf. This was so *not* the case with Christopher Healy's "The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom"! Since we'd just got done watching and reading Stephen Sondheim's Tony-winning musical "Into the Woods" (the illustrated edition available on Amazon.com is lovely), I could not help but draw comparisons - and "The Hero's Guide" compares very well indeed. Told in third-person from the point of view of the Princes Charming (that's funny in itself - Prince Charmings or Princes Charmings) of several different fairy tales, there are many, many witty and hilarious turns on the original fairytales of Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel and Snow White alongside irreverence and general silliness. This is one example of good writing, where the language is compatible with the setting and tone of the story, and consistently so. We now have the book on Kindle (thank you!) and are truly looking forward to the next installments in the series. Of *course* it's a part of a series! Said daughter's review follows:
" '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.
"Prince Gustav - Prince Charming in the Rapunzel story. Still smarting after Rapunzel saved *him*, the bards found out, and everyone in his kingdom found out. Always looking for a fight, but never quite knowing how to *win* one.
"Prince Duncan - Prince Charming in the Snow White story. The fairytale oddball, but a good heart.
"These are the heroes in everyone's favorite fairytales. You probably know them only as Prince Charming/Guy Who Gets the Hot Girl and Lives Happily Ever After, but Frederic, Liam, Gustav and Duncan know better than anyone that sometimes fairytale endings don't *quite* go as planned. With Cinderella running away to meet Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty turning out to be e-v-i-l, Snow White out of patience with her husband, and Rapunzel deciding that she's going to be *independent*, what are the four Prince Charmings (note from mother-who-screens-everything: read book to see why this is funny) supposed to do?
"Well, if Frederic, Liam, Gustav, and Duncan anything to go by, you chase after your true love, fight the Bandit King (who's actually a kid), giants (who are actually very polite), trolls (did you know that they are vegetarian?!), and an evil witch (who is a normal, everyday, evil witch), and try to find your own Happily Ever After!
"My favorite character was definitely Prince Liam's little sister, Lila. Unlike her big brother, she's really smart and funny. :-)
"I would give the book five stars: two stars for the plot, two stars for the characters, and one star for the drawings, which were AMAZING!!!! :D"