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 cast out of their castles, Liam, Frederic, Duncan, and Gustav 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.
Debut author Christopher Healy takes us on a journey with four imperfect princes and their four improbable princesses, all of whom are trying to become perfect heroes - a fast-paced, funny, and fresh introduction to a world where everything, even our classic fairy tales, is not at all what it seems.
©2012 Christopher Healy (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers
It just didn't capture my kids' attention. I thought it was funny, but every time I suggested we put it on, there were collective groans from the kids. Not sure why. I enjoyed it so far, but I bought it for them, so had to return it and try again.
My mom and I just listened to this adorable and well-written book. I'll be looking out for more books by this author, but the reading is phenomenal. This wasn't reading, this was a performance. The way he read the narrative and the voices, and the production with the music and sound effects were great.
We chuckled quite a bit. And there were a few times when we were practically rolling on the floor laughing.
This is a belly full of laughs and no mistake. I swear one of the princes is a Texan! The reader is also a prince of a guy, and elevates a delightful story into a howl.
"The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom" is a funny, light-hearted middle-grade story that delights in twisting the fairy tales it draws on. The characters are interesting and easy to enjoy, and the plot, though slightly meandering, comes together well (though readers should be warned that the last chapter is open-ended enough to allow for sequels).
What might just be a very fun and unapologetically silly children's story, however, has been enhanced by very good narration. Bronson Pinchot has developed distinct and appropriate voices for each character and the narrator, and his characterizations add depth to the characters.
I enjoyed this story fat more than I should have as I'm well outside the target audience. It's a wonderful children's comedic fantasy. The characters are flawed but work together to overcome themselves and the antagonist. Good lessons, good humor, well written, and well performed.
The voices were great and the writing was hilariously. I listened to it on a transatlantic flight and I kept on having to keep myself from laughing. I'm 14 and it didn't feel to young for me. It's light but it could be good for all ages. The accents were a little over the top.
Excellent story for the whole family! My 11 and 13 year old boys were riveted to the story the entire trip. Comedy, adventure and drama all in one extremely well performed narration. The voices and accents were so much fun that we've been imitating them ever since.
This book is enchanting and the performance by Bronson Pinchot is absolutely delightful. Really, get this book just for the performance only and it'll be well worth it.
The story takes the mostly neglected male lead characters from popular fairy tales who happened to be at the right time at the right place - so to speak - and concocts tale full of adventure, daring, some magic and even luck. The humor, which is abundant throughout the book, is enjoyable and appropriate for both adults and children. So if you're looking for an entertaining book to keep the kids engaged, this is a great choice. On the other hand if you're looking for a light hearted fun listening for yourself with a happy ending, this is a great pick there too.
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