At First Sight: Prince Charming is not who you think he is. He isn't always a hero, he doesn't like capes, or perhaps he does. He's a great dancer, he doesn't know how to use a sword. Oh, and his name isn't really Charming.
And he isn't just one prince.
But don't blame yourself, it's not your fault that the names Prince Liam, Prince Duncan, Prince Frederic and Prince Gustav mean absolutely nothing to you, but they were the ones who rescued Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Rapunzel and Cinderella... only that they never quite got their happy ever afters...
But, when their luck turns and they stumble into an evil plot, these four Princes set out to save the day and prove just what kind of heroes they can be.
Second Glance: Sorry, I wanted to keep the plot a little vague because it's so so much fun to discover on your own what this book is all about.
I'll tell you this, though: It's probably the best thing I have read all year. Its funny and quirky and I loved all the Princes and pretty much everyone, even the bad guys because they were awesome. The book is full of all the things I've always loved about fairytales but in a fresh twist.
The Princes were definitely amazing, each in his own way, I don't think I could pick a favorite, I love them all.
Also, this is the kind a book that anyone can read. I'm so not a middle grader but I loved it beyond words and I can't wait to read more about Liam, Duncan, Frederic and Gustav. The story is self contained and it reaches a great conclusion but it leaves open the door for further adventures and I believe there will be more books, for which I'm very grateful.
After hearing Small (of Small Review) fangirl about The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, I knew I had to read it. And it was all Small promised and more. From page one I fell in love with the book. It was the kind of book I love best at the time I needed it the most.
By the way, I highly recommend the Audio book version, Bronson Pinchot did a wonderful job giving each prince a personality and accent, and even his girl voices were good!
Bottom Line: The Heros's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom is fun and sweet, and adventurous, and so much fun. I laughed and giggled and got odd looks from people on the bus because I just couldn't stop smiling. It's that kind of book. I did got teary eyed at one point, too, which goes to show you how much I cared for these guys.
PS - You can read the first 70 pages or so of the book by clicking here.