Title: Princess and Mr. Whiffle
Author: Patrick Rothfuss, Nate Taylor (Illustrator)
Review: My 3 through 8 year old kids would love this book(they love scary stories just like their dad). It comes off sweet and innocent with a taste of darkness hanging out in the corner just out of range.
I asked myself throughout: Why is this girl all alone in this marzipan castle with no one around but her teddy bear? Why is she stuck behind a gate with a big lock on it? Why are there spikes on the inside of the wall, are they trying to keep her in? After playing war with her stuff animals did she really put their decapitated head on spikes in the back ground and lock them in cages for the crows to eat? Very nice story, the art work is great as many details are brought out through it on what is really happening, pictures of people on the walls, stuff animals scrubbing the floors, by the way who sent her a little kitten?
I would recommend this story to those that would like to hear both sides of a fairy tale story. As for the end I am just happy that the Thing gets whats coming to him for scaring her so much. 4 out of 5 stars.
Thanks Eric for this review.
Publisher: Published July 28th 2010 by Subterranean Press (first published 2010)
Quick Review: 4 stars out of 5
Where I obtained the book: Sent by the publisher for review.
Synopsis: This is not a book for children.
It looks like a children's book. It has pictures. It has a saccharine-sweet title. The main characters are a little girl and her teddy bear. But all of that is just protective coloration. The truth is, this is a book for adults with a dark sense of humor and an appreciation of old-school faerie tales.
There are three separate endings to the book. Depending on where you stop, you are left with an entirely different story. One ending is sweet, another is horrible. The last one is the true ending, the one with teeth in it.
The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle is a dark twist on the classic children's picture-book. I think of it as Calvin and Hobbes meets Coraline, with some Edward Gorey mixed in.
Simply said: This is not a book for children.
Author Biography: It all began when Pat Rothfuss was born to a marvelous set of parents. Throughout his formative years they encouraged him to do his best, gave him good advice, and were no doubt appropriately dismayed when he failed to live up to his full potential.
In high-school Pat was something of a class clown. His hobbies included reading a novel or two a day and giving relationship advice to all of his female friends despite the fact that he had never so much as kissed a girl. He also role-played and wrote terrible stories about elves. He was pretty much a geek.
Most of Pat's adult life has been spent in the University Wisconsin Stevens Point. In 1991 he started college in order to pursue a career in chemical engineering, then he considered clinical psychology. In 1993 he quit pretending he knew what he wanted to do with his life, changed his major to "undecided," and proceeded to study whatever amused him. He also began writing a book....