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Once upon a time there was a princess who lived in a marzipan castle.
–Patrick Rothfuss - The adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle : The thing beneath the bed - c2010 - pg.6

Illustrated by Nate Taylor

Read for this year’s RIP challenge. Check out the RIP review site.

Everywhere I have seen this book mentioned there comes a warning; this is not a book for children. It looks like one, it is a picture book. It features a princess and her teddy bear. But all those warnings are true, this is not a book for children. Well, not until they are a good bit older than picture-book reading level. Because there are dark things lurking about.

I really can’t say much more about this. I’ll just tell you to look at the drawings. Enjoy the story. And be prepared for it to be both more whimsical and darker than you may have thought.

The adventures of the Princess and Mr Whiffle by Patrick Rothfuss ills. by Nate Taylor

I read it out loud to himself, and the reaction was just priceless. Very much a wtf! book. And I think that going back over it and paying even more attention to the illustrations will reveal all the hints that really shouldn’t have been so surprised by the ending. But which ending!!

Other reviews: Stainless Steel Droppings ; A dibble of ink

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13 responses on The adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle : The thing beneath the bed

    1. I guess with the 2nd book out this year a lot of people were looking for more Rothfuss. You should read it, I think it'd be one you'd enjoy.
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  1. I admit, I only bought this because it had the words "Patrick Rothfuss" on the cover. But boy am I glad I got it, it's wonderfully, ummmm, teethy! and certainly not a book for children! well, i guess the first ending might be YA OK, but 'rents should read the entire book (all 20 pages of it) before deciding if it's kid-ok.
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  2. Yup, makes me wonder where libraries are stocking it to be honest. I know that if I didn't know about it and was cataloguing it I might think it was for kids. Big mistake there!
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  3. I checked this out from my library because so many RIPpers were talking about it. I thought was cute and horrible in a really amusing way–a pretty cool trick, Mr. Rothfuss. And yay! to RIP for bringing such an unusual little tricky-treat of a book to my attention.

    Good question about how libraries are handling it–I could see really small kids being upset by it, but I think once they hit that stage where they're fascinated by gross stuff (which is, what, 8-ish?), they'd love this. Kids can be pretty bloody-minded, in my experience.

    1. It is more the parental reaction I'd worry about. Kids can handle a lot of stuff that adults may not give them credit for, but parents can be a handful sometimes :)
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