Review of The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy

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In honor of the third book in the Hero’s Guide series coming out today, I’m going to be reviewing the entire series here on the blog! Today I’m reviewing the first book in the series, The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom.  If you haven’t had the chance to read these books yet, you can snag the first one for $1.99 on Amazon or check with your local library. 

About the Book:

Age Range: 8 – 12 years

Grade Level: 3 – 7

Series: Hero’s Guide

Hardcover: 448 pages

Publisher: Walden Pond Press; 1 edition (May 1, 2012)

Genre: Humor/fairy tale

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Source: Library

My Rating: 5 of 5 stars

Synopsis:

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, 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.

My Thoughts:

This is one of the funniest books I’ve read in a long time. Kids (and adults) love humor, and this book is jam packed with it.

In each of the most popular fairy tales, the princess plays the starring role while Prince Charming remains nameless and faceless. Ditched by their princesses, the four Princes Charming head off on an adventure of their own. They bumble their way through sticky situations, battle Bandit Kings, and fight off giants, a dragon, and a fame-thirsty witch.

I laughed so hard I was wheezing while I read. It wasn’t a pretty sight, but it sure was fun. I loved each of the princes and each of their personalities. My favorites were Duncan and Liam. Duncan’s magical luck—that wasn’t really magical, but kept happening anyway—cracked me up.

This is a great book for kids of all ages. It would be a really fun book to read together as a family. Highly recommended for anyone that loves to laugh.

Content: Clean

5 STARS

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    Adriana Garcia
    May 2, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    Awesome. I have a feeling this kids book will have the same effect on me humor wise that The Lightning Thief had. My only worry is about the princesses looking mean by tossing their princes out. It doesn't look good in a girls perspective but I know I'm reading too into things. This has been on my tbr for a while. I didn't know the third book was already out! It sounds hilarious and I could always use a good laugh. I'm happy you like this series so much that you reviewed all of the ones that are out now. Great review!

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      reviewkidsbooks@gmail.com
      May 2, 2014 at 11:45 pm

      One thing that the author does really well is cast all the characters in equally favorable/unfavorable light. He does not play favorites by making the girls mean or the boys mean. The reason the girls all ditched their guys were for different reasons. One prince found out his bride-to-be is super cranky, so he ran out on her. Another prince was very mopey because the princess ended up saving him when he was supposed to be the hero. He wouldn't stop whining about it, so she left him and went to help other people. One prince simply went for a walk and got lost and his wife didn't notice for several days.

      I think you'll really like the books. They are really fun. I want to get the whole series in hardcover so that I can read them every time I need a laugh.

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