Unfortunately, I have to get through the work day first.
But enough about that. It's time for Book Beginnings and Friday 56. And do I have a fun book for you this week.
The book is The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy. Yes, it's a middle grade book, but it was a pure delight. It's another fractured fairy tale book, this time looking at four Princes Charming and sending them on a wild adventure together. My review will be up on Sunday in time to be included in Marvelous Middle Grade Monday.
But enough preliminaries. Let's get to the beginning.
Prince Charming is afraid of old ladies. Didn't know that, did you?
Don't worry. There's a lot you don't know about Prince Charming: Prince Charming has no idea how to use a sword; Prince Charming has no patience for dwarfs; Prince Charming has an irrational hatred of capes.
And that's exactly the kind of tone you can expect from the book. And let's here a bit more about one of those items listed from page 56:
"Wait, Frederic said. "This witch - Zaubera - she's pretty powerful, right?"
"She's an old lady," Gustav tossed off. "I'm not afraid of old ladies. Are you?"
"Ones who can pick me up and throw me, yes."
And there you have it. If you want to learn more, come back on Sunday for my full review.