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

4.05  ·  Rating Details ·  8,514 Ratings  ·  1,318 Reviews
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
Hardcover, 436 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Walden Pond Press
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Jan 04, 2016 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Charming. In a word, "The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom" is fittingly, and utterly CHARMING! I loved the imaginative spin on classic fairy tales and the fitting attention paid to the Princes Charming as they embark on their own adventures to be considered worthy of their respective princesses. Even cooler, I loved that this attention to the princes and getting them a fair shake as heroes does not come at the expense of the princesses.
Christopher Healy created well drawn and endearing char
I have no idea why this review gets so many people upset. Seriously. I gave it 3 stars! Anyway, it's JUST MY OPINION.
Also, it's now been 3 years, and my OPINION of what MY children would think about reading it has been proven to be TRUE. My kids (you hear that? MY KIDS) did not want to read it...for the exact same reasons I thought that I thought they wouldn't. If you feel differently?
WONDERFUL! May the Force be with you!

I originally grabbed this from the library thinking one of my boys mi
Clare Cannon
May 23, 2012 Clare Cannon rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Mar 01, 2013 Jessica rated it it was amazing
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.


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
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
Barb Middleton
Dec 26, 2012 Barb Middleton rated it really liked it
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
Sarah Grace
I just couldn't finish . . . .

First, I didn't like how nearly all of the princes were made into namby-pamby goofs, and the princesses were strong, capable, and able to save themselves. My sister (who finished it) tells me it got better in the end, but nonetheless, it was the theme throughout the first 3\4s and I did not like it. It felt very feministic to me.

Also, the crudity\violence\witch-stuff made me cringe a few times, and this is NOT something I would give to my middle-grade aged brother
David Schaafsma
Hilarious book, just hilarious! Listened to this on a road trip to Wisconsin to visit the wife's 96 year old great aunt. Had never heard of it and was not looking forward to it, so I was surprised at how many times I actually laughed aloud, and loudly! This book is directed to tweens, which the car was actually carrying, but I actually think some of the humor--as in much of the best of humor for kids--is directed at the adults Healy is hoping are reading along with their kids. One indication of ...more
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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
Apr 04, 2012 Betsy rated it really liked it
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
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.


I couldn’t.

I needed the DreamWorks dragon book sooooo ba
Joseph Leskey
Aug 26, 2016 Joseph Leskey rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYBODY!!
This book is just about the funniest thing a person could ever read. On literally every page there is something that will make a person laugh.

The characters are magnificently done and their dialogue (and actions, for that matter) is priceless. (It's a good thing we only have to pay for the book upon purchase of the same.) It's very hard to choose a favorite character; they're all just so wonderful. And the fact that it's about the Princes Charming, who haven't exactly experienced the "perfect" e
Shanshad Whelan
Jan 10, 2012 Shanshad Whelan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, childrens, mg
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,
May 13, 2012 Erin rated it it was amazing
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
Amanda Thompson
Oct 26, 2013 Amanda Thompson rated it it was amazing
Original BookTube review HERE

While I don’t always judge a book by its cover, the first thing I look for is one that’s eye-catching. This cover had very fun and alluring artwork promising a good adventure. The blurb on the back from Frank Cottrell Boyce, author of a book I thoroughly enjoyed called Cosmic, synched it.

What I liked about this book was, well, everything. *grin* The idea of taking each ‘Prince Charming’ from Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel and Cinderella and not only giving the
May 06, 2012 Brenda rated it it was amazing
Doesn't everyone knows the tales of Cinderella, Rapunzel Sleeping Beauty and Briar Rose? But, what about the names of all the Princes from those tales? Believe me, I was struggling with that one too. I blame it on to many Disney movies growing up. Apparently everyone has just been calling them Prince Charming for years. Now if you asked Prince Liam, Prince Frederick, Prince Duncan and Prince Gustav, they would say it's all on account of those no good bards messing up the way things really went. ...more
Oct 16, 2012 Aaron rated it really liked it
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
Mar 24, 2017 Jazzy-Grace rated it it was amazing

I read this book when I was a whittle 'uman, and I got so sad cuz I thought it was a standalone but it's not and I'm so happy and not I'm gonna go read the rest. #unashamed
Jan 20, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it
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
Jun 02, 2016 Cheryl rated it really liked it
Well, they're definitely 'typical' boys. Impulsive, not so great at communicating, and when hyped up from winning a battle, they pick a fight w/ each other. This book is both hilarious and intelligent. And the princesses have adventures, too. Both boys and girls can enjoy it, and learn about each other from it.

And though it has a high page count, it's a fun fast read. I have to admit I'm not thrilled with the end... I guess it's a good thing I have book two out from the library already.

I like th
Hannah Greendale
Aug 11, 2016 Hannah Greendale rated it really liked it
In which four overlooked princes depart on an adventure with hopes of making their names known the world over. The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom turns fairy tales on their heads and is replete with whimsical illustrations, princesses, mythical creatures, and -- above all else -- sidesplitting humor.

"Think! Frederic told himself. What would Sir Bertram the Dainty do? The answer came to him. In The Case of the Ill-Mannered Milkmaid, Sir Bertram had to get the attentions of a governess who w
Feb 10, 2015 Cornmaven rated it it was ok
I really really really wanted to like this one. Love fractured fairy tales and the beginning seemed extremely promising. But by 2/3 of the way, I was slogging through it, and I ended up not even reading the last 30 pages.


1. Overly long. Some scenes felt thrown in to use as the comic relief parts of a film, as if Healy was expecting film producers to come calling. And those scenes got more plentiful and more tedious, with way too cutesy dialogue.
2. Almost too many characters to keep track o
Jan 20, 2012 Angela rated it it was amazing
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.
Mar 21, 2016 Valerie rated it really liked it
I REALLY enjoyed this. I'll definitely be checking out the sequels.
Dec 07, 2011 Rachelrennaker rated it it was amazing
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!
Эта книга просто что-то с чем-то!
Диснеевские принцы стоят в сторонке по сравнению с Прекрасными Принцами в этой книге.
Apr 17, 2013 Maggie rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Maggie by: Heidi
So fun and cute and smart. I want to buy this for all my friends AND their kids.
Alyssa (Books Take You Places)
Feb 13, 2012 Alyssa (Books Take You Places) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
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
DNF @ 6%

I may have read more than 6%...but I was so bored that it didn't register.
Feb 12, 2012 Heidi rated it it was amazing
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
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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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Other Books in the Series

The League of Princes (3 books)
  • The Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle (The League of Princes, #2)
  • The Hero's Guide to Being an Outlaw (The League of Princes, #3)

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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.” 42 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” 37 likes
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