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During my 2011 End of Year Survey I listed The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy as my Most Anticipated Middle Grade Novel coming out in 2012. I’m thrilled to report back that The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom was absolutely worth the wait and that it more than fulfilled every bit of anticipation I had for it!

The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom doesn’t come out in stores for another month and a half or so (May 1st to be exact). The good news is that I have the privilege of sharing an exclusive look at never before seen artwork by Todd Harris, the illustrator for The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, and an excerpt that I have no doubt will have you laughing. This excerpt was actually one that I couldn’t help laughing out loud through and highlights one of my favorite characters, Duncan who also happens to be married to Snow White. See Duncan is a little bit of a loose cannon and Snow White, believe it or not, is his tether to the real world. It’s marvelous and I love the new take on these favorite fairytales! But enough from me! Hopefully this will tide you over until the release date, because this is certainly one to be excited about reading!

Excerpt from The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy with Illustrations by Todd Harris:

“I have a more important mission for this brave and worthy trio,” Duncan said. He squatted down in front of the dwarfs and spoke to them directly. “There is something I need you to do, my friends.”

“Stand up, Duncan,” Frank scolded. “You know we hate it when you squat to talk to us. It’s insulting.”

Duncan stood up. “Sorry, sorry. Anyway, you three are the only ones who know how to get back to my estate in Sylvaria.”

“Yeah,” said Frank. “Dwarves are expert navigators.”

“Yes, and perhaps if you’d been willing to teach me any of those skills, I wouldn’t have gotten lost,” Duncan said.

“You’re not a dwarf.”

“Well, anyway, use your navigating talents to guide you back home,” Duncan said. “And make sure Snow knows that I’m okay. She’s probably been worried sick about me.”

“Are you sure you want them to do that?” Liam asked. “I really think they’d be more helpful sticking with us.”

“I don’t like it, either,” Frank said. “I don’t know if I can trust these ‘princes’ to look after you.” He made air quotes around the word “princes.”

“Frank,” Duncan said, putting on his most stern and serious face—which still wasn’t very convincing—“I am the prince of your land. And this is not a request. It is a command. You will go back to Sylvaria and inform Snow White of my whereabouts. And give her this twig I found—it looks like a pony, see?”

“Fine,” Frank grumbled, as he grabbed the stick. “There’s no way I can stay around here, anyway. I can’t bear watching you pretend to have leadership qualities. Come on, boys, we’re outta here.”

“Wait,” said Liam. “If you really must go”—he looked hard at Duncan—“can I ask one more favor first?”

“What is it?” Frank asked impatiently.

“Do you have any weapons in those packs of yours? We can’t fight a witch and a giant barehanded and expect to win.”

Frank rolled his eyes. “You guys are unbelievable. Yeah, you can take our swords. They should do you fine: Dwarves are expert weapon makers.”

As Liam thanked them, the dwarfs fished four swords out of their backpacks and handed one to each of the princes.

“They’re eensy-weensy!” Gustav exclaimed. The swords, sized for dwarfs, were each only a foot long.

“Hey, buddy,” Flik snarled. “You got a problem with dwarves?”

“I didn’t before today,” Gustav snarled back.

“The swords are great,” Frederic said, slumping against a tree. “Enjoy your trip home. Even though I can’t believe you’re going home.”

“Yes, thanks,” Liam added.

“Don’t get killed too fast,” Frank said. Then he and the other dwarfs vanished into the woods.

Wasn’t that hilarious? Honestly, it only gets better and better! Thank you so much to Walden Pond Press for this wonderful opportunity!

Still hungry for more The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy? I’d highly suggest stopping by the Walden Pond Press Facebook page because they are announcing new exclusive looks at the book and artwork almost daily for the next few days. It may just be enough to keep you satisfied until you can get your hands on your own copy of the book! Also, stay tuned for my full review, giveaway and hilarious Turkeybird interview with Christopher Healy during the full blog tour in May!

Pre-order The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy and Illustrated by Todd Harris at the following spots:
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Art copyright © 2012 by Todd Harris. Not to be used without the expressed written consent of the publisher and author.

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6 Responses to Exclusive: An Excerpt and Illustrations from The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy

  1. Joanna says:

    That was indeed, hilarious! Lucky you getting that inside peep! I can think of o many kids who’ll love this.

  2. RivkaBelle says:

    haha, Oh wow – this sounds awesome! Definitely adding it to my To Read list :)

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  4. PragmaticMom says:

    Looks like a funny read!

  5. Carol says:

    What a fun book. Now you’ve got me looking forward to it.

  6. Rich says:

    This adventure book seems like it tells a great story.

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