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 bards have the story details wrong, and each Prince Charming that rescues a princess actually has a name, they aren’t all called Prince Charming, you know. Bold, party-crashing Cinderella wants adventure more than sheltered Prince Frederic does. Prince Gustav’s pride is still badly damaged from having needed Rapunzel’s tear drop rescue. Prince Liam soon finds out that Sleeping Beauty isn’t a real Beauty after all. Although she loves wacky Prince Duncan, Snow White needs some solitude. The princes-in-turmoil unite to face ridiculous, dangerous obstacles and another figure underserved by bards’ storytelling: Zaubera, the witch from Rapunzel’s story. Angered at remaining nameless, she plots to become infamous enough through ever-escalating evil that bards will be forced to name her in their stories.
There’s one word that describes Christopher Healy’s novel, The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, the best: HILARIOUS! Christopher Healy creates a place where Princes have to fight Evil witches, bored giants, trolls, bandits, and more! My favorite character was... Ruffian the Blue, a bounty hunter, and Cinderella. Gustav, Liam, Duncan, and Frederic make a very odd friendship throughout the story. The story ends in the best way possible.
I really love the way Christopher Healy was able to spin a wacky tale just by using fairytales. Christopher Healy will leave you craving for more in this fast-paced, funny, and odd friendship. The cover is awesome and I can really see the dare-devil gleam in Cinderella’s eyes. All in all, I’ll rate this book and cover 5 stars. And I absolutely can't wait for the next book!
This review was written by my 11 year old sister, Asma!
Christopher Healy spent years reviewing children’s books and media online and in print before setting off to write The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, his first children’s book. He lives with his wife and their two children in New Jersey.
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