Published: May 1st 2012
Publisher: Walden Pond Press
Copy: Arc received for Review
Prince Liam. Prince Frederic. Prince Duncan. Prince Gustav. You've never head 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 Guztav 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 associated terrors to becom the heroes no one ever thought they could be.
This title is the first in a series about the adventures of Liam, Frederic, Duncan, and Gustav. The second title is due out in 2013
Ever wondered what happens after the 'Happily Ever After' at the end of all those fairy tales. Well be prepared to hear the true story - and it's not all sunshine and roses. Enter the Princes Charming - all four of them - and what a diverse bunch they are. I had such a great time reading about the misadventures of Prince Duncan who kissed Snow White awake because the dwarves told him to; Prince Liam who rescued Sleeping Beauty in a truly daring fashion; Prince Frederic who wowed Cinderella at the ball with his marvellous charm and dress sense and Prince Gustav, who tried to rescue Rapunzel, but got thrown out of the tower instead. Not a sensible one amongst them, honestly!
You've heard of 'lions and tigers and bears, oh my!' ? Well how about 'giants and dragons and trolls'? Throw in an evil witch, some savvy bandits and a host of miscellaneous other characters and you'll find yourself laughing as these four lovable idiots set out to save their kingdoms from the wicked witch.
Hero's is written for a slightly younger audience but I\m certain that any serious fairytale lover will truly appreciate the escapades chronicled in this wonderful book. I laughed, I sniffled and I just loved the amazing drawings that are scattered throughout the book. Todd Harris has done an amazing job illustrating Mr Healy's text (check out last months Fantastic Fairytales for a sneek peek), and it was so easy picturing the characters in my mind. There was nothing I disliked about Hero's and I'm really looking forward to 2013 when these 4 lovable goof balls will continue their adventures. I for one can't wait. Highly recommended.
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