I love me some fairy tales, but let’s face it – they’re all about the ladies and kind of ignore the dudes. But not anymore!
The Prince Charmings are kind of sick of being ignored. They’re all a major part of the fairy tale stories – Rapunzel, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty – but somehow they get no recognition. No one even knows their names! All going through some sort of turmoil, they’re cast out of their castles and meet up in the forest, where they discover an evil plot that endangers the people of their kingdoms. It’s time for them to get their act together and be the heroes they know they are!
So, OBVIOUSLY this is a kid’s book, in case you couldn’t tell. It’s a pretty hefty one (400+) pages and there’s lots of wit and snark, so I’d say it’s probably aimed at the 9 to 12 range? But of course if you’re an adult (like myself) you’ll probably enjoy it even more than most kids might. I’m definitely going to save my copy to let my nephews read when they’re a bit older.
I really liked this flip-side of the fairy tale universe. The princesses aren’t quite the dolls they’re made out to be, and the princes are so crazy and entertaining! There’s Duncan, who’s a total introverted weirdo and hence my favorite. Liam is the most classic hero but he’s a bit naïve. Gustav is the MANLY prince that mucks everything up by being too manly. And Frederic was a delicate little rose of a prince who finally has to take some risks. Together they face dragons, bandits, evil witches, and other scary things and form a wonderful four-way bromance in the process.
It was cute. It was campy. It was fun enough that I’m looking forward to reading the sequel, The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle.
Sarah Says: 3.5 stars