The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom

The Hero s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom 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 ye

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 castPrince 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.

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The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom

  1. Christopher Healy is the author of the Hero s Guide trilogy The Hero s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, The Hero s Guide to Storming the Castle, and The Hero s Guide to Being an Outlaw The series is a comedic adventure that follows the exploits of four different Prince Charmings in the aftermath of their not quite accurate fairy tale fame Published by Walden Pond Press, an imprint of HarperCollins A film version is currently in development at Fox Animation Blue Sky Studios.Chris lives in New Jersey with his wife, two children, and a dog named Duncan Visit him at ChristopherHealy And learn about the Hero s Guide universe at OfficialHerosGuide.

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  1. Charming In a word, The Hero s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom is fittingly, and utterly CHARMING I loved the imaginative spin on classic fairy tales and the fitting attention paid to the Princes Charming as they embark on their own adventures to be considered worthy of their respective princesses Even cooler, I loved that this attention to the princes and getting them a fair shake as heroes does not come at the expense of the princesses Christopher Healy created well drawn and endearing characters [...]

  2. I thought this was cute.None of my kids wanted to touch it due to the length and the fact that none of them ever really liked fairytales or books about princes princesses.If your kids like those things, you may have better luck than I did.Original review 2102 view spoiler Edit I have no idea why this review gets so many people upset Seriously I gave it 3 stars Anyway, it s JUST MY OPINION.Also, it s now been 3 years, and my OPINION of what MY children would think about reading it has been proven [...]

  3. This is the funniest, cleverest, most entertaining story I ve read in ages Keep the tissues handy, because it will have you crying with laughter If you ever wondered what became of those Princes Charming from Cinderella, Snow White, Rapunzel and Sleeping Beauty and especially if you didn t they didn t even have names, after all this book will blow the socks off all speculations and surmises.It s about four hard done by anti heroes, and after 400 pages of their antics and adventures, the last thi [...]

  4. For some reason, the cover of this book didn t immediately grab me And the premise seemed a little too wink wink nudge nudge see what I did there But after having so many friends recommend this book, I just had to try itUGHED SO HARD.This is an absolutely hilarious look at what life is like for Prince Charming Does he have a name Is he the same guy who saved Rapunzel, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White The answers yes, and no The princes were instantly endearing, and their personality c [...]

  5. What can I say about this novel that will properly convey to you how much I enjoyed it I love fairy tales they rock my world I ve studied them, wrote academic papers on them, retold them in my own words and so on I find them to be fantastically illuminating on the goals of a patriarchal society and I find that fairy tales are often reflective on the needs of the society they are most famous in.The Hero s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom is in particular very revealing of the shifting and evolving ge [...]

  6. Looney Tunes meets the League of Princes Charming and that isn t a typo This book reminded me of the cartoons I grew up with the slapstick characters, distinct voices, and nonstop gags This fractured fairy tale begins with a bang painting the character of Prince Frederic as pompous and fearful along with his girlfriend, Ella Cinderella , who is spirited and wants adventure The two argue about how to spend their afternoon Frederic wants tea and Ella wants adventure in particular, she wants to fin [...]

  7. Hilarious book, just hilarious Listened to this on a road trip to Wisconsin to visit the wife s 96 year old great aunt Had never heard of it and was not looking forward to it, so I was surprised at how many times I actually laughed aloud, and loudly This book is directed to tweens, which the car was actually carrying, but I actually think some of the humor as in much of the best of humor for kids is directed at the adults Healy is hoping are reading along with their kids One indication of it is [...]

  8. I just couldn t finish First, I didn t like how nearly all of the princes were made into namby pamby goofs, and the princesses were strong, capable, and able to save themselves My sister who finished it tells me it got better in the end, but nonetheless, it was the theme throughout the first 3 4s and I did not like it It felt very feministic to me Also, the crudity violence witch stuff made me cringe a few times, and this is NOT something I would give to my middle grade aged brothers I am becomi [...]

  9. Reviewed at teachmentortexts 2012 I LOVE retellings of fairy tales and this one is no exception And what is even better about this one is it is HILARIOUS It reminds me a bit of Shrek except I liked the humor in Hero s Guide better because I feel it is a very smart funny Just the concept is funny and smart the four Princes Charming from the Snow White, Cinderella, Rapunzel and Sleeping Beauty stories star in this book unlike the original stories where they don t even get credit with their real na [...]

  10. Since when did fairytales become the realm of the girly I blame Disney Back in the days of Grimm your average everyday fairytale might contain princesses and pretty gowns and all that jazz, but it was also just as likely to offer its own fair share of dragons and murderers and goblins as well Once the Disney company realized that princesses were magnificent moneymakers, gone was the gore and the elements that might make those stories appealing to the boy set If you actually sat down and watched [...]

  11. I ve been giving The Hero s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom a lot of thought ever since I saw its cover It is needless to say that I loved it since the moment I laid my eyes on it It kind of reminds me of DreamWorks movies,How to Train Your Dragon, in particular I wonder why I really wanted to buy it and what kept me from doing it was my husband saying that it s probably not that good So I let it go and tried to put it behind me.Tried I couldn t.I needed the DreamWorks dragon book sooooo badly I co [...]

  12. Ahhaahhahahahaahha, to put it in Layman s terms Layman has a lot of terms, incidentally This is probably the funniest book one could read I say probably because of perspective, relativity, and imagined reality, which are probably the most important concepts to remember when one takes finger to keyboard with the intent of reviewing a book.Anyway, the book It s funny It s well thought out and created The writing is superb Actually, there is nothing in the world to prevent a person from saying, y k [...]

  13. Take these two movies take the absolute adorableness of Disney s Tangled, smoosh it with the satirical tone of The Princess Bride, then have Christopher Moore write it, and you have Christopher Healy s The Hero s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom Okay, well, just have Christopher Healy write it Which he did Soah.I reeeeally liked this Like, really It fired on all cylinders with me, and I m planning on reading the next in the series soon The book s also illustrated with the perfectly charming drawings [...]

  14. I think my main complaint on this book was that the cover doesn t feature all four Princes But overall this was a delightful romp through a fractured fairy tale land Healy does a really nice job of turning his Princes into real characters that you come to like despite their flaws And while those flaws are certainly done on a hyper scale, each prince is still a decent human being who just might need something to really help him realize it.Strong heroines, wicked and funny villains, plenty of ac [...]

  15. Originally reviewed on Books Take You PlacesWhen you re a child, you start reading books for the entertainment You want to get away from the real world and feel elation over the adventure That is what this book did for me it made me remember how fun it is to read.I for one have always wondered why every king and queen in fairytale land named their son Charming It turns out, they didn t In fact, these princes all have their own unique name and story, though you d never know it due to those pesky [...]

  16. I got an advanced reading copy of this book through the Vine program I was super excited to read this book It sounded like a lot of fun and I love fairy tale retellings I ended up not liking it that much The dialog and characters went beyond funny to the point where they were very campy This book is a really neat idea, but the execution of the story needs some work.That Prince Charming you hear aboutwell he s not really Prince Charming He s actually Prince Liam, Prince Frederic, Prince Duncan, a [...]

  17. A wonderful, hilarious, rollicking re imagining of all the fairy tales you thought you knew.The Princes Charming Frederic, Gustav, Liam, and Duncan are the best kinds of heroes, and their stories along with their unwitting heroines Cinderella, Rapunzel, Snow White, and Briar Rose will delight boys and girls.So many fairy tale re tellings take the stance that Prince Charming is the same guy, and he happened to marry all the princesses This of course leads to the conclusion that he is less than pe [...]

  18. Original BookTube review HEREWhile I don t always judge a book by its cover, the first thing I look for is one that s eye catching This cover had very fun and alluring artwork promising a good adventure The blurb on the back from Frank Cottrell Boyce, author of a book I thoroughly enjoyed called Cosmic, synched it.What I liked about this book was, well, everything grin The idea of taking each Prince Charming from Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel and Cinderella and not only giving them ident [...]

  19. Doesn t everyone knows the tales of Cinderella, Rapunzel Sleeping Beauty and Briar Rose But, what about the names of all the Princes from those tales Believe me, I was struggling with that one too I blame it on to many Disney movies growing up Apparently everyone has just been calling them Prince Charming for years Now if you asked Prince Liam, Prince Frederick, Prince Duncan and Prince Gustav, they would say it s all on account of those no good bards messing up the way things really went After [...]

  20. This really was such a fun read I am so glad that my boss recommended that I give it a try I bet you have always wondered about the various Princes Charming from all the various fairy tales If that is the case, this is the book for you With tongue firmly placed in cheat, Healy tells the tales of Princes Frederic, Gustav, Liam and Duncan so that we have a better sense of what they REALLY did to save Cinderella, Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White While the local bards have made some changes [...]

  21. The trend in contemporary fairy tale retellings subverts traditional motifs and plays against majority expectations Princesses become warriors villains get backstories And, in The Hero s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, the princes get the spotlight Wait, you say, the tales have always given props to the heroes as princes rescuing the damsels in distress Sure, that s common, but you usually read 90% of a tale from the princess POV or an omniscient POV focused on the princess s story The prince, whi [...]

  22. I CAN T BELIEVE THERE ARE MORE IN THIS SERIES I read this book when I was a whittle uman, and I got so sad cuz I thought it was a standalone but it s not and I m so happy and not I m gonna go read the rest unashamed

  23. I m a huge fractured fairy tale fan, and this is a wonderful addition to that genre In The Hero s Guide we learn the truth behind all those Prince Charming stories they re not named Charming , for one and that the stories have been a little mangled thanks to the bards Frederic, the foppish, fearful Prince in the Cinderella story, decides to go in search of Ella she s eager for adventure, not a safe, cossetted life at home and on the way meets Princes Gustav Sleeping Beauty , Liam Briar Rose and [...]

  24. Well, they re definitely typical boys Impulsive, not so great at communicating, and when hyped up from winning a battle, they pick a fight w each other This book is both hilarious and intelligent And the princesses have adventures, too Both boys and girls can enjoy it, and learn about each other from it.And though it has a high page count, it s a fun fast read I have to admit I m not thrilled with the end I guess it s a good thing I have book two out from the library already.I like the curse idi [...]

  25. In which four overlooked princes depart on an adventure with hopes of making their names known the world over The Hero s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom turns fairy tales on their heads and is replete with whimsical illustrations, princesses, mythical creatures, and above all else sidesplitting humor Think Frederic told himself What would Sir Bertram the Dainty do The answer came to him In The Case of the Ill Mannered Milkmaid, Sir Bertram had to get the attentions of a governess who was about to u [...]

  26. I really really really wanted to like this one Love fractured fairy tales and the beginning seemed extremely promising But by 2 3 of the way, I was slogging through it, and I ended up not even reading the last 30 pages.Why 1 Overly long Some scenes felt thrown in to use as the comic relief parts of a film, as if Healy was expecting film producers to come calling And those scenes got plentiful and tedious, with way too cutesy dialogue 2 Almost too many characters to keep track of, especially fo [...]

  27. This book was sooo fun The ending was surprisingly unresolved for a mid grade book maybe there s going to be a sequel but other than that, I love it and would recommend it to anyone I didn t expect how entertaining it would be to see these stories from Prince Charming s side The fresh perspectives and modern language really bring the characters from these well known stories to life in new, unexpected, and endearing ways.

  28. Very clever story and hil air eee us I l really love the strong female characters that it could be argued are some of the real hero ine s of the story Looking forward to the sequels

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