The Hero's Guide to Saving your Kingdom

The Hero's Guide to Saving your Kingdom

Book 1

Book - 2012
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"The four princes erroneously dubbed Prince Charming and rudely marginalized in their respective fairy tales form an unlikely team when a witch threatens the whole kingdom"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Walden Pond Press, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
Description: 438 p. : ill., map ; 21 cm
ISBN: 9780062117434
Branch Call Number: j Heal


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JCLCharlesH Oct 17, 2019

A charming re-imagining of famous fairy tale princes, set after the end of the stories you know. Everyone remembers the name of the princesses, but this book explores the hi-jinks that happen when the jilted Princes Charming go on a quest to restore their real names to the songs of the bards.

May 16, 2019

it was funny and adventurous just like me in my daydreams ,You should read it!!! ( sorry if I spelled the 5th word wrong please tell me if I did )

Sep 13, 2018

I loved this book! It's a wonderful story for all ages about four Princes Charming who meet and form a friendship while they're on a thrilling adventure to defeat an evil witch named Zaubera. It's absolutely hilarious and I love all of the characters. I cannot wait to read the sequel.
I'd highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a comedy or fairy tale twist-up, or just a fun story to pass time with. 5/5 stars!

May 02, 2018

I loved this book. All the characters ar wonderfully witty and I can't help quoting them all the time. I will definitely re-read.

Prince Charming No: 1 Prince Fredric heads out of his kingdom after losing Cinderella, or Ella, Who left in search of Repunzel. He soon meets Prince Charming No: 2 Prince Gustav, who convinces him that she is in dire need of being rescued. This is proved correct, for the Evil witch, commonly called 'The Nameless One' by the bards, has captured her.

Meanwhile Prince Charming No: 3, Prince Liam, gets kicked out of his kingdom and wanders around with a melon on his head. Fredric and Gustav are pointed to him by some grumpy dwarves and bump into prince charming No:4 Prince Duncan, who is characteristically lost in the woods.

The four princes head off to rescue Ella, and in the meantime discover a plot to massecre all the bards. Can they stop 'the nameless one' in time?

Utterly hilarious, The Hero's Guide To Saving Your Kingdom will have you laughing all the way through.

Jun 29, 2016

I absolutely LOVE how Christopher Healy constructed funny, interesting, and awesome characters into his terrific and hilarious book! He changes fairytale characters from their normal appearance-sweet, perfect, and brave-into something truly amazing! I recommend this series to anyone and everyone!!! ;D

Jun 28, 2016

It's hilarious. Seriously funny! That's probably my favourite characteristic of this book. That, and I love the characters. The plot keeps on getting more complicated as you read further through the book, but everything comes together in the end. This book is for anybody who loves humour and adventure.

May 28, 2016

Such a ridiculously enjoyable fairytale. I'll admit, I had a rather fun journey with these four quirky, noble (all in their own way) Princes Charming. Once the climax got rolling, I couldn't stop reading. It was rather enjoyable. Hearing this is a series, I wouldn't mind giving the whole thing a whirl, though I'm pretty sure this title can stand on its own as a single book.
It wasn't without flaws. Some moments transcended reality, the female counterparts of the four princes did not really get enough plot time (with only Cinderella actually contributing partially to the bulk of the main chain of events in the plot). Rapunzel seemed like a plot device, and Snow White was nothing but a background character. Briar Rose was a bit entertaining, but she wasn't in much of the book (which may have been a blessing in disguise, considering her personality). But all in all, I enjoyed the book, all the hijinks and action that ensued, all the inside jokes and running was comedic and full of interesting quirks. I liked it! :)

Apr 18, 2016

It's an awesome book!! You read about fairytales, adventure and much more

vpl_childrens Dec 08, 2015

For ages 9-12. Learn how four Prince Charmings, rejected by their princesses and cast out of their castles, are able to become heroes again.

Jul 31, 2015

This series is amazing! I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes twists on fairytales!

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May 28, 2016

[Liam] stood up, pointed to Duncan, and dramatically posed the question: "Duncan, what are you?"
"Human!" Duncan cried, trembling with excitement.
"More specific," Liam said, still dramatically.
"A five-foot-two human!"
"I'm going for hero here," Liam hinted under his breath.
"Hero!" Duncan shouted. "I'm a hero!"
Liam pivoted. "Frederic, what are you?"
"I am a hero," Frederic answered, proudly puffing out his chest. "A different type of hero, perhaps, but still...."
Liam pivoted once more. "Gustav, what are you?"
"Too corny. Not doing it," Gustav said, crossing his arms.

Aug 15, 2014

My favourite quote is "We are the league of Prince Charmings, sounds like a bowling name."

Jul 20, 2013

On still another road, a green -haired man wobbled by on peppermint-stick stilts; a fiery plumed bird of paradise perched on his shoulder. But he's not in this story, so don't pay any attention to him.

Jul 20, 2013

"The troll threw up its arms in frustration.'Why humans never remember trolls is herbivore!' it cried. The monster lowered its shaggy, one-horned head and howled angrily into the princes' faces. 'Troll is vegetarian! Last time Troll looked, Round-Head Man made of meat! Oh, Troll is so tired of close-minded humans!'"


"Prince Charming is afraid of old ladies. Didn’t know that, did you?"


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Jul 07, 2014

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, the princes 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.


Meet Princes Liam, Frederic, Duncan, and Gustav. If their names don’t ring a bell with you, don’t be too surprised. Known better by their pseudonym “Prince Charming” the princes are a bit peeved at the lousy P.R. their adventures have garnered them. The bards have found that their stories tell well when the girls get all the credit (and actual names) and it isn’t just the princes that are out of sorts. A local witch is more than a little upset, and that anger may have something to do with the slow disappearance of the bards themselves. Now it’s up to our four heroes, brought together through the strangest of circumstances, to band together to defeat an evil witch, defeat a giant or two, outwit bandits, and generally find a way to make their faults into strengths.


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