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
This book was very entertaining and the characters are hilarious. I loved most of the book but some part were confusing, but over all it was very good.
Our whole family (Mom, Dad, ten year old son, and eight year old daughter) enjoyed this book! My ten year old son especially liked the humorous interactions between characters, while my daughter liked the strong female characters who follow their conscience rather than a formula.
The story is clever and provides a unique perspective on many of the traditional fairy tales we're used to hearing.
The most standout feature, however, is Bronson Pinchot's gifted reading! He gives each character so much life that you forget the book is being read by a single person! It's the best performance I've heard thus far. Bravo!
I wish I could give Bronson Pinchot's performance a higher rating than 5 Stars! He was absolutely BRILLIANT!!! His regular speaking voice is lovely to listen to, I could listen to him read the phone book and still be enchanted! But then when you add in all the wonderful voices he does for each character, that skyrockets him ahead of the rest! I laughed out loud so many times while listening to this story and many of those times were all due to his crazy voices or laughing or whatever he was doing at that moment. I'm 39 years old and worried at first that this book might be too 'young' for me, but I was pleasantly surprised! It was so much fun to listen to the zany adventures of the 4 princes and princesses, I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it. If you're looking for something fun and lighthearted I definitely recommend this book. I've already bought book 2 and am part way through it. If you're debating reading this book yourself or listening to the audio version, let me suggest that you go with the audio! Bronson doesn't disappoint and I feel you'll seriously be missing out on his comic genius if you chose to read the book instead of going with this version!
Really, give this book a try. The performer is out of this world and puts so much effort into everything. Yeah, Duncan can be a bit much but really this looks at so many things in a new way I think anyone would enjoy it given half a chance. I'm giving the next one a try
Seriously why are you still here reading this. Buy this book listen and enjoy. The story structure is fantastic and in brings together fantasy and a heavy dose of reality and realistic approach to the stories. So stop reading go Listen!
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.
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.
"Great fantasy story for boys"
The problem with many fantasy epics is that it is set in a totally separate world that you have to buy in to. For adults with many years reading experience this is less of an issue, but for a 7 year old it can be slightly more confusing.
Not so this series. All boys are familiar with fairy stories, and the idea that being known as "Prince Charming" would be really embarrassing and annoying is something that my boys (aged 7 & 9) were onboard with from the get-go.
The narrator does a great range of voices, and some fantastic knowing asides ("you just wait until chpt 19, it will all make sense then") which will keep slightly younger children in the loop. The plot is frankly rather complicated, but unfolds beautifully into a totally chaotic finale which saw me sitting with the kids in the car on our driveway for the last 10 minutes as they absolutely refused to go in the house until it had finished. Can't say better than that.
I bought this largely owing to Bronson Pinchot's narration. He does fabulous character voices & accents. (I love him in the Grimoire series!) But Christopher Healy's storytelling is very funny and gives Pinchot the perfect platform to showcase his skills. I'm definitely buying the sequel!
This book and audiobook has made me laugh out loud countless times! The narrator is brilliant, and the accents unbelievable! The reader should know that the book is really hard to locate in libraries but is really worth reading. I loved this book and I recommend the sequels as well!
"Best narrator ever!"
This book is brilliant! I have been laughing my bum off along with the kids. My dyslexic, anti-reading son has asked me to buy the books and I am so grateful! The narrator is outstanding!
Kids' version of Monty python?
Any scene involving Duncan.
Laughed til I cried, so both!
Highly recommended for both boys and girls (and their mothers!)
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