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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

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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!!

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13 Comments

  • 18 September 2011 - 6:30 pm | Permalink
  • 18 September 2011 - 10:00 pm | Permalink

    I really wanna read this! I've had this on my wishlist for like 2 years, but didn't hear much about it in the blogging world til recently, lol.
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    • 20 September 2011 - 7:46 pm | Permalink

      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.

  • 19 September 2011 - 1:29 am | Permalink

    I really want to read this, but it is so short and not entirely worth the expense.
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  • 19 September 2011 - 2:20 am | Permalink

    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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  • 19 September 2011 - 7:39 am | Permalink

    I love this book. I got it from the library, but it is on my list of books to buy.

  • 20 September 2011 - 7:46 pm | Permalink

    It's a real fun book. A bit pricey I suppose for a picture book, but I thought it was worth it.

  • 20 September 2011 - 7:47 pm | Permalink

    I hear that. Maybe your library has it? Or you could request it?

  • 20 September 2011 - 7:48 pm | Permalink

    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!

  • 20 September 2011 - 7:48 pm | Permalink

    Was it in the adult section?

  • 22 September 2011 - 5:43 pm | Permalink

    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.

    • 22 September 2011 - 6:47 pm | Permalink

      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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