Series: The League of Princes #1
Published by HarperCollins on May 1, 2012
Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, General, Fairy Tales & Folklore, Adaptations, Humorous Stories, Other, Fantasy & Magic
Format: Advanced Review Copy
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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, the princes 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.
Christopher Healy’s Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom is a completely original take on the world of fairy tales, the truth about what happens after “happily ever after.” It’s a must-have for middle grade readers who enjoy their fantasy adventures mixed with the humor of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books. Witty black-and-white drawings by Todd Harris add to the fun.
The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom is an incredibly silly middle grade novel. Each prince has a very distinct and quirky personality. I loved the introductions to each one of them and their version of the “real story.” And this book isn’t your ordinary princess/prince book. There is a lot of goofy humor and slapstick-type comedy.
The story does drag a bit in places, as there are many characters to keep track of, and each needs an equal share of page time. I also felt like there were moments where the humor was just a little too goofy. But then again, I’m a 20-something girl; I am hardly the target audience. I also felt like the book could have benefited from a lot more pictures. And why does the cover only show two of the princes?!
This book is a great fit for elementary school boys. It’s charming, funny, and a welcomed addition to the fractured fairytale genre.
Update: Turns out the entire cover does show all of the princes. You can click to enlarge and see what the finished cover looks like.