Kid’s Book Review

The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy

— reviewed by Olivia, age 9

Prince Gustav. Prince Duncan. Prince Liam. Prince Frederic. These are the princes of Rapunzel, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella. But the bards who wrote those famous tales all called the princes the same name: Prince Charming.

But there are problems. The princes are rejected by the princesses they worked so hard to get, or, in Liam’s case, stuck with a total jerk of a princess. Soon, they join together to search for Ella, Frederic’s princess (Cinderella).

 Soon, both Ella and the princes find that Zaubera, an evil witch, has captured the bards of their kingdoms. Her plot is to force them to write a song about her evilness, and make herself known and terrifying throughout the kingdoms. Zaubera has plots in plots, and horrible things are in store for the princes.

 Liam comes up with the marvelous “Plan A,” which concludes with him and Ella getting captured by Zaubera. Zaubera plans for a great new dawn, and everything is going as planned.

 Will Ella, Frederic, Duncan, Gustav, and Liam stop Zaubera and her evil plot to endanger their kingdoms?

 This book was exciting and adventurous; I could tell from the cover. Christopher Healy is a wonderful writer and portrays the wonderful, mischievous back-round of “Prince Charming,” and I enjoyed reading it. I was put in suspense many times throughout the story, and I had to bribe myself not to keep going and eat a snack or watch my brothers. Thank you, Christopher Healy, for such great writing that proves that sometimes classics need a little spice to them.