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Publisher's Note:

Prince Liam. Prince Frederic. Prince Duncan. Prince Gustav. You've never heard of them, have you? These are the princes who saved Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Snow White, and Rapunzel, respectively, and yet, thanks to those lousy bards who wrote the tales, you likely know them only as Prince Charming. But all of this is about to change. Rejected by their princesses and cast out of their castles, Liam, Frederic, Duncan, and Gustav stumble upon an evil plot that could endanger each of their kingdoms. Now it's up to them to triumph over their various shortcomings, take on trolls, bandits, dragons, witches, and other assorted terrors, and become the heroes no one ever thought they could be. Debut author Christopher Healy takes us on a journey with four imperfect princes and their four improbable princesses, all of whom are trying to become perfect heroes—a fast-paced, funny, and fresh introduction to a world where everything, even our classic fairy tales, is not at all what it seems.…

Overall Book Review:

Brilliant comedic writing is the jewel in Christopher Healy’s The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom.  The author knows exactly how to describe a scene so that the reader can envision all the comical ramifications of the situation.  Couple that with witty dialogue and a clever premise–some hero-challenged Prince Charmings–and you have a fun-filled middle grade novel.  The illustrations by Todd Harris sprinkled throughout the book are irresistable and whimsical.  Perhaps it was the strength of all these elements that led to inflated expectations for a conclusion that wasn’t particularly memorable or on par with the beginning of the story. Nevertheless, this book would be a great read-aloud due to its narrative style and it would be an enjoyable read for boys, girls, and their parents.


Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  None

Violence/Gore:  Summary of familiar fairy tale actions, such as slaying dragons, blinded by thorns, etc.; battle with an ogre (told in a comical fashion); throwing of produce during a riot; report of minions being turned into piles of smoking bacon by magic; a few fights involving swords, knocking about/unconscious, tying up, collapsing buildings; magic, etc.; zapping of characters with magic; destruction of personal property by trolls; a death by magical means.

Sex/Nudity:  None

Mature Subject Matter:

***

Alcohol / Drug Use:

***

Overall Book Rating
Profanity/Language
Rating:
0
10
Violence/Gore
Rating:
2
10
Sex/Nudity
Rating:
0
10

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An accountant and CPA by profession, I found myself a book reviewer for Squeaky Clean Reads by happenstance. When the opportunity came to transform that website into Compass Book Ratings, I was excited to seize it and meld my business background with my love of books. As the mother of three teenage sons, I have read a large number of children and young adult books and I believe that there is great value in a content review service. As much as we would love to read everything our children read, there just isn’t enough time. I also appreciate being able to select books for myself that are really worth my precious and limited reading time. I believe there is a book out there for everyone–they just have to find it!