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

Christopher Healy
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 out of their castles, the princes stumble upon an evil plot that could endanger each of their kingdoms. Now it’s up to them to triumph over their various shortcomings, take on trolls, bandits, dragons, witches, and other assorted terrors, and become the heroes no one ever thought they could be.Christopher Healy’s Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom is a completely original take on the world of fairy tales, the truth about what happens after “happily ever after.” It’s a must-have for middle grade readers who enjoy their fantasy adventures mixed with the humor of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books. Witty black-and-white drawings by Todd Harris add to the fun.


So much fun.

I really needed to read this book. It was filled with just the right amount of silly and adventure to completely win me over and keep me laughing until the very end. Even though it's classified as a middle-grade book, the humor and overall story line is written in such a way that it becomes appealing to all ages. Honestly, after just having read the description, I didn't know how well I would care for it, but the first sentence really hooked me.
After all, do you think that a book who's first sentence is "Prince Charming is afraid of old ladies." could possibly disappoint? Because it really doesn't.

The four Princes Charming are not at all happy with the way they're mentioned in their 'heroic tales.' First and mainly, they're all called Prince Charming rather than their respective names. Then, the bards had the gall to sing about their lack of heroics and instead focusing on the triumphs of the women, despite all that they had to do to rescue them. Okay, some of them didn't have to do so much, but the least the bard could've done was use his actual name, right? This story is the telling of how these four princes all come together in one hilarious adventure to rescue the bards that tarnished their names.

Everything from the writing to the illustrations was brilliant and fun in this book. The pacing wasn't bad at all, as there were very few parts that seemed to drag on for me. Even in these brief moments I still found myself laughing at what was going on.

The characters were probably what made me fall in love with this book. First we meet Frederic, who was extremely sheltered as a boy and terrified of adventure. When he falls for Cinderella (technically Ella) he seems a bit put off by her need for adventure, but does go after her (with much prodding) when she finally goes to seek it. Then, Gustav who is the smallest in a family full of buff and tall people, finds himself being made fun of even more after the bards tell a tale in which he's saved by Rapunzel. Next, Liam who is extremely brave and heroic, finds himself hated by his own town when he refuses to marry the spoiled brat Sleeping Beauty. Finally, we have quirky and amusing Duncan, who has a strange bout of luck but not many friends.
What I loved most about them is the way in which they all grow throughout the course of the story. Frederic becomes more confident and brave, Gustav finally finds himself being able to care for others even if he won't admit it to anybody, Liam learns how to work with others, and Duncan finally makes friends. They were all very unique and quirky that I don't feel like the story would've been nearly as fun without all of them.
The females of the story were also just as interesting and hilarious. I was kind of hoping that we might've delved a bit deeper into their part of the story, but perhaps we'll see more of them in the next book?

Overall, The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom was a fantastic book. Full of humor, adventure and quirky characters, this one surely won't let you down. It'll probably make your beverages squirt out of your nose while reading, so I do warn that you drink with caution while reading. Sorry, that was entirely too corny. Really though, if you come across this book at whatever point in your life and think that it looks even the smallest bit interesting, I strongly advise you to pick it up and start reading because you are sure to laugh and snort for hours.

Recommend?: If you're looking for a nice laugh.
If you're not afraid to read middle-grade fiction.
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