The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom
By Christopher Healy
Walden Pond Press, 2012. Fiction.
Ever wanted to know what happened to the famous princes in the fairy tales after their stories end with Happily Ever After? Of course not; everyone cares only about the princesses and never even knew the princes’ names—they’re all just called Prince Charming. That is about to change when four princes form the League of Princes to fight the evil witch trying to destroy their kingdoms, fighting bandits, dragons, and trolls to get to her. But how did they all end up in the forest to begin with?
Prince Liam is a well-loved hero of his kingdom until he decides not to wed the mean, selfish Sleeping Beauty and has to escape the kingdom’s wrath.
Prince Duncan and Snow White are in love but Snow needs some space from her hyperactive husband so he decides to go on a walk and gets lost.
Prince Frederic is afraid of everything and would rather stay at home but when his fiancé Cinderella leaves for adventure Frederic decides it’s time to be brave and goes looking for her.
Prince Gustav, warrior who isn’t afraid of anything, is frustrated that everyone thinks Rapunzel is the hero in their story and sets out to prove how brave he really is.
Black and white illustrations throughout the book add to the story line, but Bronson Pinchot makes each character come alive with his narration of the audio version (available on Overdrive). Either way, a great fractured fairy tale read that will have the family laughing and cheering on the League of Princes.