Friday, August 27, 2010

The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle by Pat Rothfuss

The Adventures of the Princess
and Mr. Whiffle:

The Thing Beneath the Bed
by Pat Rothfuss
illustrated by Nate Taylor

Description from publisher's site:
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.

View some of the artwork here.

Guest post mini-review by: Giada
I loved this silly little book and I hope we will see more of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle in the future.

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4 comments:

  1. I need to check this out! Patrick Rothfuss always makes me laugh whenever I check out his blog :)

    Was there a "Not for Children" sticker on the front? I know he wanted to package it that way to avoid young children from picking it up and finding out a surprise scary story :)

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  2. With the first copies of The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle Subterranean Press sent also a beautiful "Not for Children" gold sticker. But only a few copies had it.

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  3. "Calvin and Hobbes meets Coraline, with some Edward Gorey mixed in"- how could I pass that up.

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  4. I would browse it. Children's book look or not. I like the unexpected! Good mini review Giada!

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