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The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy
Published by Walden Pond Press
Pages: 419
Ages: Middle Grade
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Goodreads Summary:

Enter a world where everything, even our classic fairy tales, is not at all what it seems.

Prince Liam. Prince Frederic. Prince Duncan. Prince Gustav. You’ve never head 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 Guztav 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 associated terrors to becom the heroes no one ever thought they could be.

This title is the first in a series about the adventures of Liam, Frederic, Duncan, and Gustav. The second title is due out in 2013.

What if the Princes and Princesses you knew and loved from fairytales of old were not what they’d been declared to be? Perhaps instead of being a quiet woman rescued from a home with unruly step-sisters Cinderella is actually a girl ready for adventure and danger. Maybe Snow White’s Prince Charming, Prince Duncan, is not as daring as we thought and would never imagine fighting a witch or rescuing her from a terrifying dragon. Four Princes Charming and their Princesses who have each been dubbed as such by a set of bards who drive the local news and subsequent gossip suddenly find themselves joined together in an effort to not only save the bards but the kingdoms they love as well. This is a fairytale unlike, and likely much better, than any other you’ve ever read!

Normally the average size of the middle grade novels I read and review are around no more than three hundred pages, which seems rather reasonable. So, when I first picked up The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy I thought that beyond loving the cover that it seemed rather hefty at over four hundred pages. After reading it in a matter of a day I’m now aware that my first impressions were absolutely wrong! The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom has been one of the best middle grade reads I’ve ever picked up. From the story to the gorgeous illustrations, this is a book that had me wanting to keep reading even after I finished and no doubt will be one that young readers will adore! Thankfully the sequel is in the works already as well as a movie based on the first book!

The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy has characters that steal the show and will have readers enthralled with the story. Each of the Princes are hilarious in their own way and though I’m not generally a fan of Princesses these ones are definitely more than tolerable. Without giving too much I’ll just say that Sleeping Beauty is certainly not the lovely Briar Rose of past fairytales, but in this case she’s much much more entertaining! The stars of the story though are definitely the Princes. From the not-so-daring Prince Duncan to the very charming leader Prince Liam to Prince Fredrick who believes he has no talent to my personal favorite Prince Gustav. There is a scene in the story that involves Prince Gustav’s hair that still has me in stitches just thinking about it and I’m dying to see the illustration representing it. This crew of very unlikely friends are certainly one of the most humorous group of characters to go up against a very evil and scary witch:

In the past few years I’ve read some outstanding middle grade novels from authors like Patrick Ness, Laurel Snyder and Barry Wolverton. All of these have been fantastic and still remain in my top favorites, but for overall story and especially humor The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy is the one I’d beg you to read immediately! Within the pages of The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom readers find characters that leave you in stitches and have you begging for more. This is a story about friendship, one in that ensures readers will never look at their favorite classic characters the same way and may even have young readers looking for what’s beyond the stereotypes in the people around them. Christopher Healy’s debut novel The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom is astounding! A favorite of mine as well as the Turkeybird’s, The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom is one we’ll be eagerly looking forward to as the sequel, movie and subsequent novels are released by Christopher Healy. Run out and read this to or share it with a kiddo in your life, you won’t regret it!

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 5 to 15. A marvelous twist on some of the most prominent characters in popular fairytales today. Readers will laugh hysterically and love reading about the adventures of these four Princes Charming and their Princesses.

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13 Responses to Book Review: The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy

  1. Allison says:

    This book sounds REALLY cute. I definitely want to check out this book. 🙂

  2. This one sounds brilliant. Putting it on my TBR!

  3. PragmaticMom says:

    This sounds like a very fun read! I love these books that turn fairy tales sideways!

  4. Jessica says:

    Thanks for the review. This sounds like a must read. I can’t wait to check it out. I am always up for a good adventure book!

  5. Scarlett says:

    so glad you seemed to thoroughly enjoy this one! Can’t wait to give it a shot when I can!

  6. Jonathan says:

    This sounds like fun. I bet my students will love it. It’s on my list now.

  7. Jenny brooks says:

    My to-be 2nd Grader just finished it last night and LOVED it. I did not read this one, but heard him cracking up in the back seat of the car! And who doesn’t love a child’s laughter. I might have to pick this one up in my spare time, especially before the movie hits the theaters!

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