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The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom (The League of Princes #1)

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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...more
Hardcover, 436 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Walden Pond Press
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Clare Cannon
Dec 09, 2012 Clare Cannon rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone 9 years+ (no exceptions)

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, t...more
Anne
I originally grabbed this from the library thinking one of my boys might want to read it. Once I got a chance to look at it (and both of my boys rejected it as a reading option), I decided it looked cute enough for me to read.
What? I like fairytales...
Besides, I thought that maybe in a few years I could recommend it to my daughter, if it was any good.

So was it any good? Will I recommend it to my kids?
Well, yes. And no.

I doubt my daughter will want to read a book about a bunch of princes who are...more
Nafiza
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 evolvin...more
Barb Middleton
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 want...more
Kellee
Reviewed at: http://www.teachmentortexts.com/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 c...more
Anzu The Great Destroyer
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 ba...more
Jessica
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 it.

LAUGHED 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 the...more
Laura
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 R...more
Shanshad Whelan
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 more to really help him realize it.

Strong heroines, wicked and funny villains,...more
Angela
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.
Rachelrennaker
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!
Maggie
Apr 19, 2013 Maggie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Maggie by: Heidi
So fun and cute and smart. I want to buy this for all my friends AND their kids.
Monica!
There’s a lot that’s fantastical about The Hero’s Guide to Saving your Kingdom.

The illustrations, for one—I was 100% not expecting this book to contain pictures, which was my mistake. Of course it needs pictures! It’s a guidebook! And what’s a guidebook without things like “Fig. 32: Birds of the Week” and “Fig. 35: Zaubera’s Home Office”?

I thought it was funny, too! The author has a great, casually humorous voice, and breaks down the fourth wall all the time. (“Liam opened the door and entered...more
Ms. Yingling
The kingdom of Harmonia has Frederic, who was brought up to be fearful of everything, but a really snazzy dresser. He danced with Cinderella and she fell in love, but found life in the castle to be profoundly boring. Nearby, there's Gustav, who tried to rescue Rapunzel but is now the laughingstock of his kingdom. Liam woke Sleeping Beauty, but found that Briar Rose has a horrible personality and he really doesn't want to marry her. Duncan is married to Snow White, but they are both a little odd...more
Erin
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 th...more
Alison
Apr 08, 2013 Alison rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Alison by: Alyssa and Quinn
I loved how the story deconstructed the fairy tales we’ve grown up on. The author was able to give all of the princes and princesses pretty distinct personalities. Believe me, they aren’t anything like you’d expect. We’ve got the “typical” macho prince (Gustav) but we also got a prince who is quiet and prefers indoor activities (Fredric). I was pleased to see that the princesses also got to be unique. Cinderella was fierce and able to rescue herself and others. Rapunzel was compassionate and wan...more
Heidi
Originally reviewed here.

Prince Charming is afraid of old ladies. Didn’t know that, did you? Don’t worry. There’s a lot you don’t know about Prince Charming: Prince Charming has no idea how to use a sword; Prince Charming has no patience for dwarfs; Prince Charming has an irrational hatred of capes. Some of you may not even realize that there’s more than one Prince Charming. And that none of them are actually named Charming. No one is. Charming isn’t a name; it’s an adjective.

For anyone who’s ev...more
Aaron
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 ch...more
Brown
I love this book! It's so refreshing compared to all the boring books where authors are too afraid to laugh at their characters or make them act dumb.

And it's funny, but not in that hideous way that the author keeps trying to write about "hip, sarcastic teenagers."

In my opinion, this is what a GOOD book finally is.
What a great break of lame idiots like Percy Jackson going on their cardboard cut-out quests with their cardboard cut-out love interests and best friends.

I don't care if it's not as...more
Karissa
I got an advanced reading copy of this book through the Amazon 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 about...well he's not really Prince Charming. He's actually Prince Liam, Prince Frederic,...more
Jane
Why are all the fairy tales about the girls? Why do all the fairy tale heroines seem to end up with Prince Charming? If you believe The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, it’s all the fault of the lazy bards who wrote the songs. They couldn’t be bothered to get the names of the heroes straight; they just called them all “Prince Charming.”

In The Hero’s Guide, we meet Gustav, Duncan, Frederic, and Liam – the princes of Rapunzel, Snow White, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty, respectively. They are...more
Betsy
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 watc...more
Carrie
The kiddo and I had so much fun reading this book together. I got to bust out all kinds of fun accents for this one. It had him laughing so hard in parts and I thought it was quite humorous myself. A very clever and entertaining read.
Mark Baker
Join Princes Fredric, Gustav, Liam, and Duncan as they must ban together to stop an evil witch from taking over their kingdoms. Of course, first, they must learn their own strengths and how to get along with each other.

This book was laugh out loud funny from start to finish with wonderful character growth and an engaging plot. My only complaint is that I didn't read it even sooner. With strong male and female characters, I think both boys and girls will equally love it. And adults will delight i...more
Joseph
This was a lot of fun to read, a real riot, a barrel of laughs. So many parts made me burst out laughing.
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AWESOME, AWESOME BOOK!!!

This book will make you laugh hard and appreciate the princes' efforts!


I read middle grade books to feel happy and I believe that's what I go with this book!

The plot is mind blowing! It has all the needed factors of a fairy tale... Princesses? Check! Witches? Check! Dwarfs? Check! Trolls? Check! Goblins? Check! Giants? Check! Imps? Check! Princes? Well... Imagine an alternate universe wherein the princes of fairy tales aren't really all dashing, smart and strong. Wouldn'...more
Natalie
This is a very respectable book indeed. Finally, an author who can make not one, but FOUR good characters with original personalities. Such a nice break from the plain twelve year old orphan with no personality we're usually stuck with in fantasy books.

I commend this author for his not only original, but APPEALING ideas. Too many times do people not carry through with the things that are truly funny because they're too afraid.

(Spoiler) Even though no one dies, it was the kind of book where you n...more
Roy
I love the premise of this book. It's true that most of the classic fairy tales are Princess-centric. The "charming" prince is simply the guy who shows up and saves the day, with "saving the day" defined as falling in love with her at first sight and marrying her. In between those two steps he may need to do something daring like conquering a witch or dragon, or something relatively uncomplicated like ending her magical coma with a kiss. The women are slighted, even though they get to be the sta...more
Bookworm1858
4.5/5
As a huge fairy-tale lover, of course I wanted to check out this new twist focusing on the princes Charming this time instead of the princesses-they always get the spotlight! In this story, we are introduced to four princes, all with very different personalities, who are determined to set the record straight since it has been so bastardized by the local bards. Besides their journey to right this wrong, the princes also have their own personal battles to face.

First is Frederic, an extremely...more
Alyssa (Books Take You Places)
Originally reviewed on Books Take You Places

When 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 p...more
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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...more
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“No, Princes Charming," Duncan cheerfully corrected. "'Prince' is the noun; that's what gets pluralized. 'Charming' is an adjective; you can't add an S to it like that.” 32 likes
“I'm Liam of Erinthia. I'm here to rescue you ... And You are not Cinderella. You are a tree branch wrapped in a sheet” 31 likes
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