Prince Not-So Charming: Once Upon a Prank (Book 1)
Roy L. Hinuss, Author
Matt Hunt, Illustrator
Imprint of Macmillan Publishing Group, Fiction, Aug. 28, 2018
Suitable for Ages: 5-9
Themes: Prince, Duties, Dreams, Being true to yourself, Court jester, Humor
Book Synopsis: Turns out being Prince Charming isn’t a fairy tale; it’s more like a fart joke.
Prince Carlos Charles Charming is the youngest in a long line of Royal Prince Charmings. But he’d much rather grow up to be a court jester. He dreams of juggling fire while riding a unicycle instead of fulfilling his princely duty. And the word “duty” always make him think of a poop joke.
But when a dragon is spotted in the Somewhat Enchanted woods, Carlos is going to have to figure out how to be a true Prince Charming fast. Because it’s a slay-or-get-slayed world out there.
Prince Not-So Charming: Her Royal Slyness (Book 2)
Aug. 28, 2018
Book Synopsis: Prince Charming is supposed to rescue a princess―but she has other ideas.
The youngest in a long line of Prince Charmings, Carlos is juggling a lot. That is, he is spending his time juggling balls in the air―instead of doing his princely duties.
But now he has a terrifying mission: There’s a princess trapped in a tower―the Tallest Tower, on Witch Island, surrounded by Witch Lake. You don’t need me to tell you how scary that sounds.
But Carlos soon discovers that rescuing a damsel in distress requires a damsel who’s in distress. This princess doesn’t need to be rescued―and definitely doesn’t need a prince charming.
Prince Not-So Charming: The Dork Knight (Book 3)
Nov. 13, 2018
Book Synopsis: Prince Carlos figuring out how to be charming even when locked in mortal combat.
Prince Carlos Charles Charming has a secret: He’d much rather tell jokes than be a prince. But when you’re the heir to Faraway Kingdom, you don’t always get what you want.
Which is why Carlos has to learn how to joust.
Carlos is surprisingly great at jousting, from spearing haystacks to smashing watermelons. But when a tournament rolls around, suddenly Carlos realizes he has to actually point his lance at other people―and they’ll point theirs back!
Prince Not-So Charming: The Dork Knight shows it’s hard to live up to the fairy tale―and that the best way to win a contest can be embracing your own dorkiness.
Prince Not-So Charming: Happily Ever Laughter (Book 4)
Nov. 13, 2018
Book Synopsis: Prince Charming faces his greatest challenge yet, a fancy party.
Prince Carlos Charles Charming isn’t the princeliest of princes. But he might be the funniest.
Unfortunately, being hilarious won’t help much at a birthday party thrown by an evil queen with no sense of humor. And if Carlos, his pet dragon, and his friend Pinky don’t bring the right presents and fail to dance perfectly, the evil queen might declare war.
Can Carlos and his friends keep the party from turning into a disaster? Who are we kidding? The real question is: After starting a food fight, can they save their kingdom?
Prince Not-So Charming: Happily Ever Laughter is for every kid who worries about how to survive their next party.
Why I like this series:
Prince Not-So Charming is perfect series for middle grade readers (5-9) and for reluctant readers. Packed with fun poop jokes and word puns, Hinuss’ storytelling is quirky, highly entertaining and will tickle reader’s imaginations.
The stories are character driven, with a determined Prince Carlos who will not give up on his dream to be a court jester. He is a loveable prince who only wants to make people laugh and feel happy. He has zero interest in dragon slaying training, rescuing princesses who don’t want to be saved, jousting and attending fancy parties. In fact he’s afraid of heights and quick sand, and hates armor, helmets, swords, hatchets, bows and arrows and daggers. But he does like a good food fight. Prince Carlos has his own weapon — his wit.
Roy L. Hinuss’ hilarious illustrated series encourages kids to be themselves, use their imaginations, pursue their own interests and conquer their fears and dorkiness. Prince Carlos learns that he’s not alone. There are dragons and princesses who harbor passions of their own and become unlikely friends and allies. And the dragon, Smudge and Princess Pinky, are characters that appear in each new story.
This light-hearted and wacky series will be a hit among young readers. The plots are clever and original with the right amount of adventure and suspense that will keep kids engaged and turning pages. Matt Hunt’s pen and ink illustrations contribute to this fun and upbeat story. The colorful and comical covers will surely draw readers to the books. Make sure you read the off-beat interview with Roy L Hinuss at the end of the second book.
Roy L. Hinuss is the authorized biographer of the Charming Royal Family. He is also fond of the occasional fart joke. When he isn’t writing about Prince Carlos Charles Charming’s many adventure in the Faraway Kingdom, he can be found cataloging his collection of celebrity toenail clippings.
*Reviewed from purchased copies.