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CHRISTOPHER HEALY spent years reviewing children's books and media online and in print before setting off to write the hero's guide to saving your kingdom, his first children's book. He lives with his wife and their two children in New Jersey. You can find him online at www.christopherhealy.com.
Gr 4-6-The premise in this debut novel is that the princes in the "Cinderella," "Snow White," "Rapunzel," and "Sleeping Beauty" stories resent their relative anonymity (they're all just known as "Prince Charming") and want some recognition. Then, too, that "happily ever after" thing isn't working for any of them, so the princes and their princesses set off to rectify matters. The eight of them team up in assorted permutations throughout the ensuing slapstick proceedings. Unfortunately, it all becomes tiresomely repetitive. Though it might be funny once for people to fall over and knock into other people who fall over. and over and over like dominoes, it stops being amusing pretty quickly. It's understandable that Healy's characters are broadly drawn. They are, after all, fairy-tale personae. But more than 400 pages of the obsessive-compulsive prince, the ridiculously macho prince, the overachieving prince, and the extremely stupid prince and their equally one-dimensional princesses are a lot to plow through, especially when things are left so unresolved that readers suspect a sequel is in the offing.-Miriam Lang Budin, Chappaqua Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
`This is the most fun you can have, short of rounding up King Arthur's knights, filling their armour with laughing gas and driving them to a roller disco.' -Frank Cottrell Boyce, bestselling author of Millions