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The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom

(The League of Princes #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  11,404 ratings  ·  1,609 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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Sam It CAN, but reading the whole series would be preferable because there might be some small things you might not understand (like how they met or which…moreIt CAN, but reading the whole series would be preferable because there might be some small things you might not understand (like how they met or which prince was supposed to end up with which princess). (less)
Ryze Ryzeworth No its kind of the opposite, the princesses are stronger than the princes at times.. It's not at all sexist and one of the best books I've ever read…moreNo its kind of the opposite, the princesses are stronger than the princes at times.. It's not at all sexist and one of the best books I've ever read(less)

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Jan 04, 2016 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 thought this was cute.
None of my kids wanted to touch it due to the length and the fact that none of them ever really liked fairytales or books about princes/princesses.
If your kids like those things, you may have better luck than I did.

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Clare Cannon
May 23, 2012 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
Mar 01, 2013 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
Dave 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
Barb Middleton
Dec 26, 2012 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 Grzy
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
Kellee Moye
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
Hannah Greendale
Aug 11, 2016 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
Apr 04, 2012 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
Jun 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who want to take a break from all those serious books
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 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYBODY!!
Original review:
Ahhaahhahahahaahha, to put it in Layman's terms. (Layman has a lot of terms, incidentally.) This is probably the funniest book one could read. I say probably because of perspective, relativity, and imagined reality, which are probably the most important concepts to remember when one takes finger to keyboard with the intent of reviewing a book.

Anyway, the book. It's funny. It's well thought out and created. The writing is superb. Actually, there is no
This imaginative romp through not-so happily ever after finds the Prince Charmings (or Princes Charming for grammatical correctness) at the mercy of the reputations created for them by the bards of legend. These bards not only refused to use the princes’ actual names, they also sang their counterpart princesses into much more fame and valor. The four princes thus find themselves on a quest for both heroism and the recognition they deserve. Overall, this book was a humorous comedy of errors suita ...more
Aug 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Amy by: Elevetha
An irreverent, hilarious retelling of what happens after the most famous fairy tales...and the princes who starred in them!
Although this book occasionally felt slow, it ended up being really funny with good lessons and memorable characters. Worth pushing through till the end.
Novel by Christopher Healy: 4/5

Narration by Bronson Pinchot: 3000/5
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Take these two movies; take the absolute adorableness of Disney's Tangled, smoosh it with the satirical tone of The Princess Bride, then have Christopher Moore write it, and you have Christopher Healy's The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom. Okay, well, just have Christopher Healy write it. Which he did. So...yeah.

I reeeeally liked this. Like, really. It fired on all cylinders with me, and I'm planning on reading the next in the series soon. The book's also illustrated with the perfectly "char
Shanshad Whelan
Jan 10, 2012 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,
Jan 20, 2012 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 rated it really liked it
I REALLY enjoyed this. I'll definitely be checking out the sequels. ...more
Feb 13, 2012 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
Apr 01, 2012 rated it liked it
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,
May 13, 2012 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
Maja  - BibliophiliaDK ✨
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fairy-tales, fantasy
We know Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Rapunzel but what about the princes who rescued them - who is Prince Charming?


Fairy tale retellings are right up my alley (I have even dedicated an entire week to fairy tales on my blog) and when I first stumbled upon this book I wasn't even aware of how much I had wanted a story like this! Fairy tales told from the point of view of the princes, not the princesses? Revolutionary! And I never even knew t
Oct 26, 2013 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
Reading is my Escape
Fabulous Fairy-Tale Fun!
Prince Charming is afraid of old ladies. Didn't know that, did you?
-- Prologue: Things You Don't Know About Prince Charming

I absolutely enjoyed every minute of reading this book. It tells the story of 4 princes and how they came together and went on an adventure. The princes are from the following stories: Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White & Rapunzel. These princes are all known as Prince Charming and they hate that. People don't even realize they are not the sa
May 06, 2012 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
Ms. Yingling
Apr 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 16, 2012 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
Oct 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
The trend in contemporary fairy-tale retellings subverts traditional motifs and plays against majority expectations. Princesses become warriors; villains get backstories. And, in The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, the princes get the spotlight. Wait, you say, the tales have always given props to the heroes as princes rescuing the damsels in distress. Sure, that's common, but you usually read 90% of a tale from the princess POV or an omniscient POV focused on the princess's story. The princ ...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.” 41 likes
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