If I took a picture of myself after reading The Hero’s Guide To Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy, I’d be grinning like a doofus or a dweeb. There is something about a rag tag group of princes forming friendships and coming together to save a kingdom that gets me every single time. You see, it is the Princes Charming’s time to shine.
Frederic, Gustav, Liam, and Duncan are four princes who are famous, not by name, but are known for rescuing four princesses. You see, the bards made the ladies the focus of their tales, relegating the princes to be collectively known as Prince Charming. They are about to put their names out there as they meet and form a league to save their kingdoms from an evil witch named Zaubera.
Y’all, I love this book on the same level that I love Shrek. I can’t begin to tell you what my favorite element was. All of the characters are fantastic -from Reese the polite giant to the sarcastic dwarves to the snotty Briar Rose. And okay, I am a tiny bit in love with ALL of the princes, each manages to distinguish himself in a different way. They all have distinct personalities and bring something different to the table. Frederick is very proper, but not one for adventure. Gustav is very impulsive and rushes into things without thinking. Liam has a hero complex. Duncan is an eccentric character, totally socially awkward and all.
There is humor as well. Straight up, The Hero’s Guide To Saving Your Kingdom is a fun read. There are all these little subtle jokes. Plus certain characterizations that are GOOD zany and not annoying zany. And the narrator is hilarious too, with the various asides. Also? Duncan cracks me up every time he shows up. He has this huge personality and does these bizarre random things like if he sees an animal he shouts out what he thinks it’s name is.
While I don’t have kids, I think Christopher Healy’s debut has real kid appeal with awesome male and female characters. The Hero’s Guide To Saving Your Kingdom never takes itself too seriously, but is simply a GOOD TIME, perfect for anyone who watched Shrek, fell in love, and is saying ‘Now what?’.
Disclosure: Received for review.