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Monday, April 23, 2012

The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healey

The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom
by Christopher Healy
Walden Pond Press (HarperCollins)
ISBN: 978-0-06-211743-4
Suggested Ages: 8+
Buy from Indigo
Release Date: May 1, 2012

Description: 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.

The Good Stuff
  • Absolutely delightful, one of my favorite middle school reads in the past year
  • Laugh out loud funny
  • Something for readers of all ages
  • Strong female characters & nothing sterotypical
  • Fabulous character development
  • Has a Shrek, Hoodwinked, How to Train Your Dragon feel to it
  • I was laughing so hard that Jake actually asked if he could read it when I was done
  • Awesome cover
  • Love that Briar Rose is a nasty piece of work - some of her dialogue is priceless
  • Cannot wait to see the finished product to see the rest of the artwork that will be included - only drawback about getting ARC copies - but think it will be awesome based on artwork included in ARC
  • Nice moral, life lessons included in a non shmaltzy in your face way which kids, and old bags like me adore
  • Unusual plot twists that keep you on your toes and you have no idea what is going to happen next - again not at all sterotypical
  • Looking forward to future books in this series - next one I believe is scheduled for 2013
The Not So Good Stuff
  • Some repetition might have been a tighter story with a wee bit editing
  • People were staring at me on the bus because I was reading a kids book and laughing hysterically
  • Almost impossible to only pick three quotes for my quotes section
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"Instead of simply frying the man where he stood, Zaubera offered to let him go in exchange for his young daughter.  The peasant was surprisingly quick to agree to this (he was  not a very good dad), and that was how Zaubera ended up with Rapunzel."

"We all know somebody who's a bit eccentric - the girl who talks to herself, maybe, or the boy who eats the erasers of his pencils like they're gumdrops. They could be wonderful people, but thanks to their quirky behavior, they don't have the easiest time making friends."

"On still another road, a green-haired man wobbled by on peppermint-stick stilts; a fiery-plumed bird of paradise perched on his shoulder. But he's not in this story, so don't pay any attention to him."

Who Should/Shouldn't Read
  • Perfect for both intended audience of middle school kids and for adults - Teachers and Librarians this would be a good read a loud book that you could do over a semester/term
  • Jake is begging me to hurry up and finish so he can read
4.5 Dewey's

I received this from HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review & Jake will be reviewing as well as soon as he is caught up on his school work


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