Tuesday, May 1, 2012

And you think they lived happily ever after

From Monday, April 30th through Monday, May 14th, author Christopher Healy will be touring the blogosphere to talk about his children's debut novel The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom and I'm excited that today's the day, I take a look at the book I dub 'not your typical fairy tale.'

Just check out the cover to the left and you can already tell this is an amazing book. So you think you already know the stories of Cinderella, Snow White, Rapunzel and Sleeping Beauty? Well, you thought wrong! Christopher Healy dives into the worlds of the men behind these fairy tales. You only know them as Prince Charming, however in The Hero's Guide, we learn things you could never imagine about Prince Liam, Prince Frederic, Prince Duncan, and Prince Gustav. I'm sure you've read the classic fairytales, but do you think they lived "happily ever after?" Turns out Cinderella found life in the castle quite boring, the prince who tried to rescue Rapunzel is a laughing stock in his town, Liam who woke Sleeping Beauty doesn't really like her after all and the marriage of Prince Duncan and Snow White is a little rocky to say the least. Things really get exciting when the princes meet and set off on another adventure to save the kingdom from Rapunzel's evil witch. They'll take on bandits, trolls, and yes, a dragon! Could you ask for anything more?

I absolutely loved this book and would place it as one of my fave mid-grade books of the year. I mean who would have ever thought to continue these classic fairytales we all know so well? Genius! Pure Genius. Middle-graders will love the humor, the adventure, and the various personalities you'd find in a fairytale. Even though we learn Prince Charming might not be all he's cracked up to be, we also discover that the princesses are pretty strong and independent. Now this is your contemporary fairytale!

As part of the blog tour, I'm excited to announce that Walden Pond Press is giving away a copy of The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom to one of my lucky readers! Just fill out the rafflecopter form below and you're automatically entered!
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Blog Tour Stops!
In addition to hosting Christopher Healy on their blogs, a boatload of amazing bloggers will also be posting reviews and offering all sorts of giveaways, so be sure to visit each one to learn more about the book and author. Get the full list of tour stops at The Walden Pond Press Blog.

Twitter Giveaway!
Tweet for Princes! To celebrate the publication of The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy, Walden Pond Press is giving away an e-reader of the winner's choice AND a selection of Princes Liam, Gustav, Frederic, and Duncan's favorite e-books! The winner may select any e-reader ranging from the Nook to the Nook Tablet 8GB or the Kindle to the Kindle Fire.

TO ENTER: FOLLOW @WaldenPondPress on Twitter (www.twitter.com/waldenpondpress) and TWEET the following message:

RT @waldenpondpress: Celebrate #HerosGuide to Saving Your Kingdom & WIN an e-reader w/the heroes’ fave books! RT 2 ENT http://ow.ly/avE8z


  1. Cinderella is my favorite, but I love so many of the classic fairytales!

  2. Thanks for the giveaway! I would have to say Jack and the Beanstalk!

    Rachael Henzman