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The Prince Who Fell from the Sky

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  319 ratings  ·  67 reviews
In Casseomae's world, the wolves rule the Forest, and the Forest is everywhere. The animals tell stories of the Skinless Ones, whose cities and roads once covered the earth, but the Skinless disappeared long ago.

Casseomae is content to live alone, apart from the other bears in her tribe, until one of the ancients' sky vehicles crashes to the ground, and from it emerges a
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published May 22nd 2012 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2012)
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Pam Victorio
Mar 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
This being the first work I have read from John Claude Bemis I was wholly unaware when I opened the book and turned to the first page that I would lose the ability to put it down until I read the conclusion. The Prince Who Fell From the Sky is a post apocalyptic novel for eight and up told through the eyes of the animals that survived whatever world shattering event happened when humans didn’t.

Casseomae is an old bear living in a meadow alone away from the rest of her brethren. She was considere
Dec 15, 2011 rated it liked it
Originally reviewed here.

Anyone who’s been reading my reviews for a while now has probably realized that I love when a book puts a spin on my traditional way of thinking. I don’t always agree with the spin, but I like knowing it’s out there affecting the way people think about things. The Prince Who Fell From the Sky was one of those books. I was worried on more than one occasion that it would cross the line into ‘big message’ territory and make me groan, but it didn’t! John Claude Bemis weaved
Larka Fenrir
The bear's path is marked by heavy steps.

This was a pleasant surprise - I came for the dystopian and xenofictional components, I stayed for the author's style and villain. I was half right on that.
It's a classical YA fantasy book, but not in a negative way (they're my guilty pleasure). The story is interesting enough to keep you reading even when there are some slow parts (especially at the beginning, when the story and the characters have to be set properly), and it's interesting since the pr
Barb Middleton
A well-known fact in the Forest is that humans no longer exist because the wolves killed them off in the great Rising. When a starship crashes and a toddler gets off the plane no one can believe it and the coyotes who stumble first on the scene decide to kill the small boy. Mama bear, Casseomae, sees the altercation and protects the boy hatching a plan to adopt him for all her cubs have all died. She reasons that she can teach the boy the ways of the Forest; however, the presence of the boy upse ...more
Tara Hall
Nov 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Middle Grade boys, Animal lovers
When I heard "Dystopian Jungle Book," I was determined to read this book, and very lucky to grab an ARC of it. Luckily the story lived completely up to that description.

Sometimes animal narration can be strange, such as in the Warrior series, which really didn't work for me. Especially in children's books, they can either be too foreign to relate to or too anthropomorphic to be believable. Bemis manages to meet in the middle and create a character I adored in Casseomae. Cass is kind, protective
Renee Hall
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
An artful blend of post-apocalyptic sf and animal fantasy. This is a relatively quiet story, and there are times the pacing drags a bit, but there were also a lot of little touches that I appreciated -- for example, the carrion-eating vultures being able to see the future, and a colony of feral cats apparently led by a tiger. I also loved Casseomae, and the strength of her character alone made up for many of the story's weaknesses otherwise. (I'd give it 3-1/2, but since that's not possible, I'm ...more
Shanshad Whelan
Mar 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Humanity's end days have come and gone. The animals have taken over (particularly the wolves). A complex society of thinking creatures appears to have set itself up in the forests and cities. One such creature is Casseomae, a cubless old bear who lives on the fringes, outcast and ostracized. And then everything changes when a spaceship crashlands in the forest with a single surviving occupant: a human child. Only to the denizens of the forest, this is a Skinless One, an Old Devil: a thing of leg ...more
Andrew Neal
Jul 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
While I'm burned out on kids' post-apocalyptic fiction, I wanted to read this as soon as I heard about it because I liked Bemis's Clockwork Dark books and because there's a bear on the cover. My favorite post-apocalypse book as a kid was Hiero's Journey ( ) which is - hey! a post-apocalyptic novel with a bear on the cover, so I felt a sense of... I don't know? nostalgia?

This is a good kids' book. The main characters are animals who live on earth long afte
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: predictable, so-so
This story is very similar to Blue Sky Studio's Ice Age. A group of animals escorts a lost young human to be with its kind.

The story is simple and predictable. Even the obstacles the character encounters are easily resolved. It was somewhat interesting at first, but as the story goes on, you realized how shallow the story was and you end up trudging through it. The ending doesn't have much of an impact as the events that leads to it doesn't really make it worth much.

The characters are rather fla
Gina (My Precious Blog)
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The Prince Who Fell From the Sky


Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (May 22, 2012)
Length: 272 pages, Hardcover
Format: E-Arc, Kindle
Genre: Fantasy, Post-Apocalyptic
Series: No
Completed: May 2012
Challenges: 2012 E-Book Challenge, 2012 YA/MG Fantasy Challenge,


When a young boy's space craft crashes into the Earth, he is the lone survivor. Too young
Oct 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
This review originally appeared here at Tripping Over Books.

I’ve been intrigued by the premise of John Claude Bemis‘s book, THE PRINCE WHO FELL FROM THE SKY since I first heard of it in the fall. A post-apocalyptic Jungle Book? You can’t tell me that that doesn’t sound solid. Because to me, it sounds awesome. And for the most part, THE PRINCE WHO FELL FROM THE SKY was what I hoped for: clever, adventurous, different, a little heart-warming, and fast-paced. In some ways it wasn’t quite what I hop
Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
A cute book for animal lovers that wonder what a post-apocalyptic world would look like from the wildlife's point of view. Narrated by Casseomae, this book chronicles her adventures (and the adventures of Dumpster & Pang, her companions) after they find a "Skinless One," also known as "Old Devil" or "human." They journey across the forest, trying to find a safe place for the human "cub" to live.
I read it in two sittings; by my standards, it is pretty short. It was enjoyable, but it was obvio
Carina Olsen
Feb 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I pre-ordered this book a few months before it came out. I wanted it the moment I saw the cover. Because the cover is special and unique, and so gorgeous. I knew I would like the book. Then today, more than three months since I got the book, I finally decided to read it. Well, okay, I decided to read it because I have watched a whole lot of Anime movies these past days. And I wanted to read, yet I haven't read a book in two weeks. Then I noticed this. And I needed to read it. And suddenly I had ...more
Emily Elizabeth
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3.5/5 Stars

The Prince Who Fell from the Sky is a great novel for children and adults alike. I don't read a lot of children's books. This was the first middle-grade that I've read this year and I'm glad I read it. I think that a lot of adults will enjoy it as well!

This was a cute story that I would definitely read to my children. It's sweet and much different than anything I've ever read, in a good way. It's entertaining and light-hearted, definitely something that
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Originally reviewed here.

As you may know by now, I don't generally read book blurbs before starting books. I saw the tag dystopia and requested this immediately without knowing pretty much anything. Despite the bear on the cover, I was still really confused when I started reading and it was a bunch of bears talking to one another. Very strange.

In a dystopian world where humans are thought to have died out, the animals have gone all Animal Farm. Wolves are the rulers of this landscape, controllin
Tom Franklin
May 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
In "The Prince Who Fell from the Sky", author John Claude Bemis has written a post-apocalyptic, buddy/road* story that combines Nature, post-apocalyptic creation stories, sacrifice, and the importance of passing down oral history, while questioning what it means to be wild, free, and human/animal. If that's not enough, he does it all extremely well.

His characters, a cub-less mother bear, a rat, a one-eared dog, could have easily turned this story into another Incredible Journey knock-off. Thankf
Sandra Stiles
May 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is one author who has that magical touch that allows his animals to become somewhat human. In a world where the humans are supposedly extinct, a bear and rat find themselves protecting a child who fell from the sky. When a flying craft crashes in the forest, Dumpster, a rat and Casseomae find themselves the protector of the only survivor, a young boy. The animals of the forest call humans the “skinless ones”. As you read you realize they have many prejudices against humans based on what the ...more
Jan 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review, netgalley
I'm not going to lie, I'm actually a tiny bit surprised at how much I liked this book. I happen to love books that are from animals points of views, they're just fun to read. Since this is a Middle Grade novel it's a nice, quick read, but very enjoyable!

I think what I like most about this story is that it brings together four of the most unlikely companions for a journey to take the child, that fell out of the sky, some where safe so that he won't be hunted by the wolves and killed for what he
Terry Costantini
May 01, 2016 rated it liked it
I enjoyed reading this book, but I did not love it. I read this with my Intermediate students, and the story moved along in a reasonably entertaining way, but what was missed was the opportunity we usually have for deep discussion. I do not think that it was the author's fault by the way, I just feel the book may have been slightly too "junior" for my group.
The book takes place in a post-apocalyptic world that is run by the forest animals. There is tension between the factions, especially when a
Dec 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
Appeal Characteristics post apocalyptic, animals, human settlement, bears, rats, dogs, wolves, etc, journey, friendship, sorta "bio punk"

OMG. This is like "Homeward Bound" set in the 25th century. The premise is the earth is inhabited by animals (all the humans have left...have gone for a LONG time...also referred to as "Skin-less ones) Anyway, the animals that "rule" the world are the wolves. (I could go into the anime Wolf's Rain...but I wont be THAT nerdy) ANYWAY! This child-less bear finds a
Shelly Leyden
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Time travel is, of course, a non starter. Way too mindblowingly dangerous. But if I could go back in time, I'd seriously consider dialing up 1979 in order to put a copy of this lovely book into my then nine-year-old hands. If only I could do so without scaring my young self half to death, or sapping my dual life force, or irreversibly altering the trajectory of our universe. Not to mention my own little life story. Which I couldn't. Because this story is everything I wanted and yearned for, and ...more
Apr 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Stven by: Mark David Smith
Competent prose which constantly left me with the sense that the writer was holding back so as to be sure his tent was pitched well within the boundaries of juvenile fiction. The characters are one-note. The conflict is single-minded, basically a long chase scene. This is not necessarily a bad thing for juvenile readers -- I remember how much I enjoyed Marguerite Henry's books about horses when I was 8 -- but it's not necessarily the best thing, either.

The pivotal figure in the story is the chil
Melissa Sodano
May 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
Although it took me a little while to warm up to this one, it ultimately proved to be a wonderful fantasy for children, in fact. An outcast bear, Casseomae and her precocious rat companion, Dumpster find a "skinless cub", a.k.a. a human child. All forest animals have believed the skinless to be extinct, and rightfully so, as they terrorized all other living things. Yet, Casseomae, unable to have ever raised her own cubs, insists on adopting the skinless cub as her own, mu ...more
May 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-releases
Love this one and have gone back and fourth between four and five stars.

From my blog: The Prince Who Fell From the Sky by John Claude Bemis was a wonderful surprise. I will be reviewing this one in more detail the week it comes out but let me share this. The story takes place in the future. People, or “Skinless Ones”, seem to have left earth. The forest is home to many animals, including Casseomae. The wolves are in charge but Casseomae lives happily, alone. She longs to be a mother but her cub
Aug 29, 2011 rated it liked it
I had a really divided reaction to this one--I absolutely loved the concept, and I loved the _idea_ of telling it from the animals' point of view.

In practice, though, I felt like having a tight third-person POV focus on Cassomae as the main character made it harder for me to connect with story emotionally, since she's such a stoic, stolid person, er, bear.

For a book that seems to be a standalone (i.e. there's no mention of it being part of a series) the ending was really open and unresolved, w
Kim Aippersbach
May 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Nuanced and believable, with great character interactions. The animal characters are brilliantly drawn. Casseomae's quest to find a place her adopted cub can be safe is a fascinating journey through a convincing world. Bemis does have a message to convey, but he is subtle and thoughtful about it. There is no easy right and wrong; there are only the choices each character makes based on what they value most.

This was a fun read with humour and adventure that was also deeply moving and beautiful.

The Styling Librarian
I cannot figure out why this book was in my radar and on my TBR pile beyond that it was a new release/post-apocolyptic setting... I found the setting fascinating and the animal perspective interesting as well. Loved the fierce love and steadfast caring that Casseomae had for the human cub. BUT I found myself slowed down, confused, and thrown by the same thing I found interesting- the setting. I could not picture the character's movements and I became confused with words thrown in at times withou ...more
Gemma Smith
Jul 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
I love the original ideas in this book, having a world run from the point of view of animals? Definitely a fresh perspective. The characters are adorably charming and the odd band of rat, bear, dog is awesome!
My only possible critique would be the ending, i didn't feel like it gave me total closure for the book. ( You know, that feeling of when you finish a book and you just feel like it feels finished)

That being said, i think my opinion on the ending is probably totally subjective and others
Dec 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Great children's book for both genders. It took me a while to sort through the jargon/labels but the author does eventually get you there. Curs are domestic dogs. Viands are prey (rabbits, deers). The characters are appropriately complex and make for interesting relationships. Action is laced through the whole book so kids won't nod off...I'd even say it was a page-turner. I especially loved the fresh perspectives that the animals gave us on humans. Dumpster, the rat, proudly boasts that he is n ...more
Aug 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a delightful post-apocalyptic novel for the 4-6th grade crowd. It's got a great mixture of tension, heroics, and anxiety, and the characters, particularly Casseomae the bear, are engaging and very personable. Dumpster the rat is hilarious, though he could make a sailor blush with his language, but he'll keep the kids laughing and wanting more. Like few other post-apocalyptic novels, this one is based on hope...for all those who are lonely and silently suffering under oppression. Well don ...more
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