Posted by Venus on Monday, April 23, 2012
Labels: intermediate book review
Prince Frederic, Prince Liam, Prince Duncan, and Prince Gustav all have one thing in common. They are all known as Prince Charming. After saving Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Snow White, and Rapunzel, the princes are all trying to live up or down their reputations no thanks to the lousy bards who wrote those tales. Rejected by their princesses, the League of Princes Charming must battle a witch, bandits, dragons, and one very large giant in order to prove that they are the heroes no one thought they could be.
The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom is fun romp with a cast of characters that always kept a grin on my face. From the bumbling adventure-phobic Prince Fredrick, to the gruff and overly manly Prince Gustav, to the dashing Prince Liam whose entire kingdom hates him, to Prince Duncan who thinks he has magical good luck. But this isn't a story aimed purely at boys for there are some great strong female characters as well as Ella who often rescues herself and Snow White who is forced to go off in search of her missing prince. Accompanied by adorable Disney-esque illustrations this is the perfect book for any fairy tale lover.
Although it drags a little in the middle, being overly long especially in the dialogue, once the story picks up again I was well-pleased. Kids have proven that if a story is good the length is not as important and I think they will have no problem with this novel.