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There’s a lot you don’t know about Prince Charming.

Prince Liam. Prince Frederic. Prince Duncan. Prince Gustav. You've never head 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 associated terrors to become the heroes no one ever thought they could be. Four imperfect princes. Five audacious princesses. One hilariously unforgettable adventure.

The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom is Volume I of the Hero’s Guide Saga. Volume II will be published in May 2013.

Who’s a hero, who’s a wannabe hero, and who’s definitely not a hero? Here’s where you can get to know the denizens of the Hero’s Guide universe.
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Planning a vacation to Sturmhagen? Better bring your troll repellent. Click on the map or the buttons below to learn more about the many kingdoms of The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom.
Who's Who

The Princes Charming take Portland!

First there's this:"Christopher Healy--author of The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom--is coming to Green Bean Books on October 13th at 2 PM! He'll read from and talk about his book and we'll be raffling off a "Hero's Guide to Portland" gift basket w. gift cards and merchandise from local Alberta Street stores!!!"

And then on Sunday, it's Wordstock Festival time!

Meet Christopher Healy and John Stephens (The Emerald Atlas)
Sunday, October 14th 2:00-3:00pm
KinderCare Children's Stage
Oregon Convention Center, Exhibit Hall D, Left Stage
Followed by a Book Signing


Fractured Fairy Tale Panel
Christopher Healy and Jackson Pearce (Sisters Red) discuss how classic fairy tales have influenced their novels, and explore the different ways to approach a modernized fairy tale.
Sunday, October 14th 4:30 - 5:00pm
KinderCare Children's Stage
Oregon Convention Center, Exhibit Hall D, Left Stage
Followed by a Book Signing



Welcome to, the official website of the Hero’s Guide book series by Christopher Healy.

Check out the Who’s Who page for incredibly interesting and terribly important facts about all the heroes, villains, and in-betweens of The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom (including stuff that’s not in the book!). Then take a tour of their kingdoms on the interactive map page. And check back here for big news about Hero’s Guide — like the fact that Book 2: The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle comes out on May 1st, 2013!

And also that the Princes Charming may be hitting the big screen! Film rights to Hero’s Guide have been optioned by Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studios, the people behind the Ice Age movies! Stay posted for updates.



Before delving into Fairy Tale Land to write The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, Christopher Healy held numerous other jobs, including actor, ad copywriter, toy store display designer, fact-checker, dishwasher, journalist, costume shop clothing-stitcher, children's entertainment reviewer, and haunted house zombie (though not in that order).

He commutes to Fairy Tale Land from his home in New Jersey (not too, too far from where he grew up in New York City), where he lives with his wife, two children, and a very annoying cat. The Hero's Guide series is his first work of fiction.


Todd was raised in abject poverty. His parents couldn't afford to buy him toys. Don't feel bad for him, though. His meager upbringing meant Todd had to create his own toys and entertainment. He was always drawing fantastical stories and creatures and building toys from discarded objects (in other words, garbage). One year some kind, charitable neighbors dropped off Christmas gifts for his family. Todd finally had toys! He didn't understand how to play with them, though, so he smashed them and created his own toys. This thoroughly concerned his parents. These experiences helped to fuel Todd's imagination and he's grateful he's been able to make a living from being creative.

Besides his passionate love for art and creativity, Todd is an astronomy enthusiast. He steps out onto his balcony every night to see if Betelgeuse has gone supernova yet. He also loves the beach, redwood trees, Toblerone chocolate, aliens, his children, and his beautiful wife. He resides in Los Angeles. He also refers to his brain in third person.

Here’s what readers and reviewers (who are so much better than those lousy bards!) are saying about The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom.

“Healy injects age-old characters and fairy tale tropes with a fresh, contemporary sensibility, resulting in a crowd-pleaser with laugh-out-loud lines on nearly every page.” — PUBLISHER’S WEEKLY [Starred Review]

“In this debut, Healy juggles with pitch-perfect accuracy, rendering the princes as goobers with good hearts and individual strengths, keeping them distinct and believable. Inventive and hilarious, with laugh-out-loud moments on every page.”— KIRKUS [Starred Review]

“A quest that recalls at moments the Musketeers and at others, the Marxes… something to laugh at on every page.” — Adam Gopnick, THE NEW YORK TIMES [Editors' Choice]

“Not just for kids… The princes in The Hero’s Guide may not be charming, but Healy’s romp of a book about them most certainly is.” — Susan Carpenter, THE LOS ANGELES TIMES

“A lively, humorous adventure” —Meghan Cox Gurdon,  THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

“Brilliant.” — NEW YORK MAGAZINE

“Wildly inventive. Sharp and satirical… jam-packed with humor,” — Sharyn Vane, AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN

“[A] fractured and funny saga… Read with glee.” — Andrew Medlar, BOOKLIST

“Much witty banter, movie-ready descriptions, cartoony illustrations, and nonstop action-make this fairy-tale mashup highly entertaining.” — Monica Edinger, THE HORN BOOK

“Richly imagined and hysterically funny… From a debut author who knows which buttons to push for snorting laughter.” — Dodie Owens, SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

“A fantastic sense of fun, a humor that infuses every sentence. Its pitch-perfect tongue-in-cheek narration (think Lemony Snicket without the bite) has a levity that keeps the story floating along effortlessly. You will hurt yourself laughing with this one.” — Dot Hutchinson, SCATTERED PAGES

“One of my fave mid-grade books of the year… Pure Genius! — Lori Calabrese, NATIONAL CHILDREN’S BOOK EXAMINER

“A true page-turner of an adventure story that also has its readers—young and old, but especially young—constantly in stitches… I couldn’t be more pleased to give The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom my highest recommendation.” — Myles McDonnell, YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS

“The kind of inspired, well-crafted lunacy found in The Princess Bride.” — Mary Eisenhart, COMMON SENSE MEDIA

“The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom is about as much fun as anyone can or should have reading a book.  The villains are dastardly, the heroes are flawed, and quite frankly any author who pushes foreshadowing on over into the spoiler territory gets a win in my book.” — Heidi Frederick, BUNBURY IN THE STACKS

“Though written for middle grade readers, this book’s content is so hilarious, so universal, and so appealing that it transcends any age group… Not only are Healy’s characters fresh, exciting, and fun to read about, but his manner of writing is so appealing… The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom will forever change the way you look at fairy tales, but only in the best of ways. It’s a new classic written for today’s readers.” — Sara Gundell, NOVEL NOVICE

“I’m in love with this book! I read this book so fast I’m going to have to read it again, but once you start, it’s so addictive you just can’t stop.” — BURIED IN BOOKS

“Funny, smart, action-packed, and engaging, I have a feeling this book is going to be a huge hit!” — Alison Skap,  ALISON’S BOOK MARKS

“Any serious fairytale lover will truly appreciate the escapades chronicled in this wonderful book.” — THE PAPERBACK PRINCESSES

“Outstanding… an engaging story that the entire family can enjoy.” — MUNDIE KIDS

“A fabulous fairy tale retelling.  This one has definitely earned a spot on my favorites shelf.” — KATIE’S BOOK BLOG

“Wonderful, delightful.” — Thea, THE BOOK SMUGGLERS

“I would recommend this book to all my friends, girls and guys. I think even my mom will love it!” — Peyton, BOOKS DEVOURED JR.

The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom By Christopher Healy, All illustrations by Todd Harris unless otherwise noted (Walden Pond Press/HarperCollins)