The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy was on my shelf and ended up in Leighton's hands soon after she finished In a Glass Grimmly by Adam Gidwitz during her visit last weekend. This wasn't a gift, but it ended up being one since she loved it so much. I have to acquire a new copy and finally read it.
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.
And the giggles commenced from about page two, I think. She adored it, especially Prince Duncan, if my memory is working. She was so immersed that when I tried reading over her shoulder to learn what was so funny, she was oblivious to my presence. And she didn't really want to discuss it. She wanted to finish reading it. I understand the impulse and let her forge ahead.
She was ecstatic to learn a sequel is coming out this year, The Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle (The League of Princes), in April. I think I will have to be a wonderful aunt and send a copy to her.