The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom (Hero's Guide Series #1)

The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom (Hero's Guide Series #1)

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ISBN-13: 9780062117458
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/30/2013
Series: Hero's Guide Series , #1
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 66,968
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile: 750L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Christopher Healy is the author of The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice, as well as its two sequels, The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle and The Hero’s Guide to Being an Outlaw. Before becoming a writer, he worked as an actor, an ad copywriter, a toy store display designer, a fact-checker, a dishwasher, a journalist, a costume shop clothing stitcher, a children’s entertainment reviewer, and a haunted house zombie. He lives in New Jersey with his wife, two children, and a dog named Duncan. You can visit him online at www.christopherhealy.com.

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“This is the most fun you can have short of rounding up King Arthur’s knights, filling their armor with laughing gas, and driving them to a roller disco.”

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The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 74 reviews.
lexaCV More than 1 year ago
I first bought this book on the nook for my little cousin to read, but one day I had nothing to do and started reading it for myself. It was very enjoyable. The characters are hilarious and the adventure is fantastic. I loved how they made Sleeping Beauty a total diva, made my day. Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Snow White were all changed somewhat but kept true to their stories. More than anything I really enjoyed the dynamic between the princes. Liam is a hero with an ego. Gustav is a warrior that tries too hard. Duncan is incredibly different and fun. Frederic is charming out of his comfort zone all the time. The great thing about the four princes is that they have a good heart deep down and it shows in the story. This story is a great take on the princes' view of the fairytales and a fantastic spin on the characters of the princesses. All in all, this was a very fun read for everyone in the family.
ironmaiden55 More than 1 year ago
The book is hilarious. It's a really great read for children and adults. Definitely recommend
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever:D! And that's alot from me considering that I'm not the kind of person who likes to read real books or even long books. But this book was filled with live action and drama considering that sleepling beauty is a brat and a real diva. I recommend this book to all ages(6-...).
PirateMaiden More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! It is action packed good clean fun for all ages! The characters are memorable and exciting and the puns throughout the book will just make you laugh out loud. There is also fantastic art work that you look forward to turning the page to see. I give you a Thumbs up Healy and Harris with Healy's imagination and Harri's wonderful drawings this is just a great read! Can not wait for storming the castle!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much and suggest it to everyone!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is great loved it MUST HAVE
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have only barely gotten through the first chapter and this book is pretty good! The only thing I would have made different is have a little bit more discription of what happened to Prince Fredrick in his childhood and find out who Ella's relatives are or at least how many there are. Overall, I would say that The Heroes' Guide to Saving Your Kingdom is a very good book for someone who likes fictional adventure to read for intrest in stories. Once again, AWESOME book!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so good I recomended it to the entire school!!!! (I was a journalist for the school news paper. If you love parodies or twists on classic stories then this is the book for you. Prince Charming, Prince Caheming, Prince Charming and Prince Charming journy, unwillingly, together to try to get their princesses back. By the way, the princes names are not Charming. Charming is a adjective, not a name. Those pesky bards were just to lazy to learn their names.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing book its full of imagination and fantasy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was absolutely wonderful! The hodge podge of all the characters was HILARIOUS!! All the characters were absolutely awesome, I have never read a book.with characters like them! The author of this book is a genius! I heartily enjoyed every single part and I cannot wait to read the next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not bad
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LOOOOOOVE THE BOOK!!!!!!!!:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
SIMPLY HILARIOUS.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this in 4 grade and now i am in 6 th grade and this book is still one of my favorites today. This book has sooo much humor i couldent stop laughing at times. If liked this book you will love the second book. It is not as good as the this one but still really good
librarysusie More than 1 year ago
This is the funniest book it is so much fun! This is humorous fairytale retelling at its best. It reexamines the Prince & Princess mythos. Do you really think the prince’s name was Charming? Who names their kid Charming? Do all the prince’s have names not just The Prince and if you are a Prince must you be a hero? If you are a Princess must you always be the lady in distress can you not save yourself? And how come the bards never write songs about the witches? How come all the stories are about the princesses? These questions and many more are what this book is all about! I just can’t say enough about how much I enjoyed this book! These princes Liam, Gustav, Fredrick, and Duncan are not quite what you’ve read before and neither are the princesses. I love the giants and the trolls and even the bad witch Zoberah (*sp audio)! These characters are so much fun and I am so excited to hear that there will be a second book.This one made me laugh out loud and smile it is just so much fun! Wow I now understand the Bronson Pinchot love! All of his voices in this one are so fantastic! He made me see animation and characters in my head each one with a distinct personality, look and facial expressions he totally brought this great book to life for me! Between Christopher’s fun writing and Bronson’s narration this one will be a go to book when I am feeling down! And if you are listening to the audio make sure you listen all the way to the last second! I am curious to get the paper copy of this for the library so I can see the illustrations, I already ordered the print version for my library and since I’ve been talking about it this week it’s already got a waiting list. If you are looking for a great family vacation/roadtrip book I highly recommend this one! If you haven’t it figured out yet I loved this book so just go get it and you will too! 5 Stars
susiesharp on LibraryThing 6 months ago
Warning Gushing Ahead¿¿..This is the funniest book it is so much fun! This is humorous fairytale retelling at its best. It reexamines the Prince & Princess mythos. Do you really think the prince¿s name was Charming? Who names their kid Charming? Do all the prince¿s have names not just The Prince and if you are a Prince must you be a hero? If you are a Princess must you always be the lady in distress can you not save yourself? And how come the bards never write songs about the witches? How come all the stories are about the princesses? These questions and many more are what this book is all about!I just can¿t say enough about how much I enjoyed this book! These princes Liam, Gustav, Fredrick, and Duncan are not quite what you¿ve read before and neither are the princesses. I love the giants and the trolls and even the bad witch Zoberah (*sp audio)! These characters are so much fun and I am so excited to hear that there will be a second book. This one made me laugh out loud and smile it is just so much fun!Wow I now understand the Bronson Pinchot love! All of his voices in this one are so fantastic! He made me see animation and characters in my head each one with a distinct personality, look and facial expressions he totally brought this great book to life for me! Between Christopher¿s fun writing and Bronson¿s narration this one will be a go to book when I am feeling down! And if you are listening to the audio make sure you listen all the way to the last second!I am curious to get the paper copy of this for the library so I can see the illustrations, I already ordered the print version for my library and since I¿ve been talking about it this week it¿s already got a waiting list.If you are looking for a great family vacation/roadtrip book I highly recommend this one!If you haven¿t it figured out yet I loved this book so just go get it and you will too!5 Stars
hrose2931 on LibraryThing 6 months ago
I'm in love with this book! I read this book so fast I'm going to have to read it again but once you start it's so addictive you just can't stop. It's like eating potato chips or M&M's you can't read just one page or chapter.Links to the other blogs participating are below my review. Thanks for stopping by!Ever wondered about what happened after Happily Ever After? I have. I have always wondered. Well wait no more! This book tells it all and doesn't hold back. Four Prince Charmings and the true story of how they became Prince Charmings. And their real names. And if you don't find this book imaginative and funny, my name isn't Buried in Books. (It isn't really.) But there are asides from the narrator, looks into what the individual princes are thinking at certain times and it's all told with a sense of exaggeration and the absurd that just works because it's the fairy tale told from the other side, the after.Frederic is foppish and I'd say rather a mama's boy if it weren't for the fact that his father made him that way. Scared of the outside world. His princess wants a taste of adventure and she is tired of the endless picnics and walks in the gardens. She leaves on a quest to find someone that's missing and that starts the action of this entire tale. Frederic is not going to let his princess go so easily and so with the help of his valet, Reginald, he gets on a horse and goes after her, in a white suit, with epaulets with tassels and not a clue how to ride a horse, which direction to go or what to do when he gets there.Gustav, on the other hand, is itching for a fight. He'll fight anything that comes along because he got the raw end of the deal in his hero story. Now he's a laughing stock and needs to prove himself. He's got sixteen brothers who are heroes and he is not (I believe actually the mother is the hero here, just sayin).So he goes charging in even when there isn't a hero situation. This sets him up as more of a laughing stock so to say he's a grump and fighting mad, is putting it mildly.Liam, he just wants to meet the girl he's going to marry before they marry, get to know her. But what he meets is a nightmare. Spoiled, mean, bossy and a bit of a showoff with her jewels and gold. He wants to run in the other direction and he actually is a hero, performing acts of heroism on a daily basis. But that doesn't seem to matter to anyone when he decides he doesn't want to marry the spoiled brat that he's been promised to since he was a toddler and who he rescued.And then there's Duncan. Weird and wonderful Duncan who always seems to be in the right place at the right time. Who just seems to have good luck. He falls into good fortune all the time. He's misunderstood but he embraces his weirdness and thankfully others do too.When these four Prince Charmings or is it Princes Charming? Anyway, when they get together, it's a comedy of errors. Like two pairs of mismatched roommates. Like the football quarterback, the debate team captain, the rebellious bully and the AV guy (do they still have AV clubs?) formed a club. Frederic raised his hand to ask questions.Gustav was always rushing into battle even if there was no battle. Duncan would shout out, naming animals as they went. And Liam would try to find a way to be the hero while keeping the others out of the plans.Favorite lines from the ARC-Frederic raised his hand."Frederic, do you , uh, have a question?" Liam asked.Frederic sniffled and nodded. "I don't know how to use a sword.""Oh that's right," Duncan said. "Neither do I.""Go team," Gustav said in a mock cheer. p.188So who would love this book? Anyone! It's got adventure, romance, monsters, mystery, sibling rivalry, the weird kid, the swoon worthy prince, the muscle, and the good dresser. Four heroes! Continuations on classic fairy tales. Even if you don't like fairy tale retellings, this isn't a retelling, this is after the fact.It really is priceless! Very well written, with a sense of humor, friendship, dange
krau0098 on LibraryThing 6 months ago
I got an advanced reading copy of this book through the Amazon Vine program. I was super excited to read this book. It sounded like a lot of fun and I love fairy tale retellings. I ended up not liking it that much. The dialog and characters went beyond funny to the point where they were very campy. This book is a really neat idea, but the execution of the story needs some work.That Prince Charming you hear about...well he's not really Prince Charming. He's actually Prince Liam, Prince Frederic, Prince Duncan, and Prince Gustav. These princes are in the doghouse with their respective Princesses and end up on a journey together in which they encounter various baddies and save the kingdom from a witch who steals bards to gain notoriety.This is a really cool idea. I love funny, fairy tale mixups and this seemed like a wonderful concept. The book has a light tone and doesn't take itself seriously. Unfortunately I had some serious problems with both the plot and the characters.Let's start with the characters. Prince Liam is your typical hero; rescues things and is your all around good-boy. Prince Frederic is the resident fop; he dresses to the nines, loves planning picnics and is scared to set foot outside his castle. Prince Duncan is the token space cadet; he is eternally distracted, names random woodland creatures, and is generally completely random in everything he does. Prince Gustav is the strong man; always rushes into danger, tries to be manly, and disdains everyone.So that's quite a variety of personalities and initially looks like a lot of fun. Except that it's not. The princes are just stereotyped personalities; we never really get to know and understand them. They are very one-dimensional and the things that drive them incredibly simple. I realize this is a children's book. As such I sat down and read some of this with my 5 year old son...I thought maybe I am missing something here that he will get. We read a few chapters and his response was "Mom, why are all these guys so stupid?" My response; "I don't know...I guess being quirky means you have to be an idiot."The princesses aren't much better. Ella is your typical sheltered girl seeking a life of adventure. Briar Rose is your typical "everyone should love me because I am a princess no matter how mean I am" variety. Every character in here is an overdone stereotype. It was just soooo over the top it crossed funny and splatted into just plain dumb region.The plot isn't much better. It switches viewpoint between the various princes, the witch, and the princesses. As can happen with multiple POV's, this breaks the story up and makes it less engaging. Then you find out the whole story is focused on these four doofus prince's rescuing bards from a witch who wants attention. I mean seriously? This is supposed to be a heroic quests for the Princes to redeem themselves....it doens't even really make sense. Let's just say the climax of the story was a let down.I think there is supposed to be a message in here about liking who you are no matter what anyone else thinks. The message comes across more as "If you are a loser you will always stay a loser no matter how much you try to change things."Geez...looking back at what I wrote I guess I really didn't like this book. I am trying to be positive, but I guess there just wasn't much I liked here. The book was a serious drag to get through; I struggled through the inane characters and lackluster plot page by page determined to finish. The writing isn't technically bad, but the story and characters just didn't do anything for me (or my younger son).Overall definitely not my favorite read. The concept is super neat, it's really a great idea. The execution fell flat. The book crosses funny and ends up being just plain..well..boring. The plot isn't engaging and the characters are overdone characterizations of characters we've seen many times. I wanted to love this book, I wanted to laugh and be ent
mountie9 on LibraryThing 6 months ago
The Good StuffAbsolutely delightful, one of my favorite middle school reads in the past yearLaugh out loud funnySomething for readers of all agesStrong female characters & nothing sterotypical Fabulous character developmentHas a Shrek, Hoodwinked, How to Train Your Dragon feel to itI was laughing so hard that Jake actually asked if he could read it when I was doneAwesome coverLove that Briar Rose is a nasty piece of work - some of her dialogue is priceless Cannot wait to see the finished product to see the rest of the artwork that will be included - only drawback about getting ARC copies - but think it will be awesome based on artwork included in ARCNice moral, life lessons included in a non shmaltzy in your face way which kids, and old bags like me adore Unusual plot twists that keep you on your toes and you have no idea what is going to happen next - again not at all sterotypical Looking forward to future books in this series - next one I believe is scheduled for 2013The Not So Good StuffSome repetition might have been a tighter story with a wee bit editing People were staring at me on the bus because I was reading a kids book and laughing hysterically Almost impossible to only pick three quotes for my quotes section Favorite Quotes/Passages"Instead of simply frying the man where he stood, Zaubera offered to let him go in exchange for his young daughter. The peasant was surprisingly quick to agree to this (he was not a very good dad), and that was how Zaubera ended up with Rapunzel.""We all know somebody who's a bit eccentric - the girl who talks to herself, maybe, or the boy who eats the erasers of his pencils like they're gumdrops. They could be wonderful people, but thanks to their quirky behavior, they don't have the easiest time making friends.""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."Who Should/Shouldn't ReadPerfect for both intended audience of middle school kids and for adults - Teachers and Librarians this would be a good read a loud book that you could do over a semester/termJake is begging me to hurry up and finish so he can read 4.5 Dewey'sI received this from HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review & Jake will be reviewing as well as soon as he is caught up on his school work
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I sat and read for like 4 hours straight! It is a very good book because it inqurperates fairytales all in to one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for my 9 year old to read because it looked interesting and I thought it might keep her attention. I started reading it to her at night for bed, then wasn't able to put it down. It is hilarious and a completely different take on the fairy tale stories. This will definantly be a book we will both read again, and have already started on book two.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So very exciting Book reveiw at my school also popular and awesome 4 princes join forces to try and defeat an evil witch who captured a bunch of ppl and r going to kill them #:3
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