March 21, 2013
The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy
The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom
by Christopher Healy
Walden Pond Press
Everyone knows that Prince Charming is tall, astonishingly handsome, tenderly romantic, and in control of absolutely every situation.
Except for those times when he’s not.
Sometimes Prince Charming is a clothes horse whose afraid of his own shadow. Other times, he’s the dopey little guy who would follow a bunny off a cliff, assuming of course that the bunny was that dim. Then there are those days where he’s big, bad tempered and more than a tiny bit sarcastic.
Then there are those days where the hero isn’t even male and the princess saves herself.
Apparently, the bards aren’t particularly good at getting the details right. They just want to put together a catchy number that will get everyone singing and tapping their toes, and that’s what starts the whole problem.
Four different princes feature in four different ballads but they are all astonished that the girls get top billing. Perhaps most astonished of all is Prince Liam who rescued Sleeping Beauty. She may be a sight to behold but she’s got a tongue that could cut diamonds. Everyone knows about her and her infamous temper but they still believe all the awful things she says about him.
Think of this book as a buddy movie set in a fantasy kingdom with giants, dragons, trolls and a very wicked witch. The four heroes want to prove to everyone, including themselves and the ladies in question, that they really do have what it takes to be heroes. Unfortunately, this is going to require working together which takes a few tries to get right.
There isn’t much I can say about the plot without giving something away. Suffice it to say, with these four goof balls adventuring together, there was bound to be funny and Healy delivers.
Pick this one up expecting humor and adventure in equal portions. It might be a bit daunting for a reluctant reader given that there are so many characters but it is a fun, fast-paced read. Middle graders will identify with the characters who can’t be everything that is expected of them, no matter how hard they try.