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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.
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As in all good storybooks, in this one there was once a princess. She and her stalwart bear, Mr. Whiffle, live in a marzipan castle and have adventures. All is happy and cheerful except, of course, for the monster living under her bed. Sounds like a bedtime story, to be sure, but that’s only its superficial veneer. Toss in the odd bit of violence and a smidgen of stuffed-animal rebellion, and we are faced with a different sort of book. Rothfuss and Taylor share a wonderfully wicked sense of humor. The inclusion of three successive ending points, each darker in nature than its predecessor, allows the faint of heart the chance to stop, but really, the payoff for hanging on to the final ending is too good to miss. Taylor’s art is gleefully subversive while maintaining an appropriate sweetness without becoming overly precious. Fans of the classic cartooning of Calvin and Hobbes and Loony Toons will be pleased by this little gem in which children’s picture-book format expresses not-for-kids attitudes. --Tina Coleman
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Book Description subterranean press, 2010. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. new & unused Author & artist signed with sketch by artist 4th printing hardcover edition in mylar protected dustjacket. no marks, not remaindered, not xlib, etc. Simple author & artist signatures as well as sketch on title page, no inscription. fiction hardcover. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 8483
Book Description Subterranean, 2010. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111596063130
Book Description Subterranean, 2010. Condition: New. Nate Taylor (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # MB011T7L34E
Book Description Subterranean Press, 2010. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. limited author signed & numbered (#283) leather bound edition hardcover in mylar protected dustjacket. new & unused; no marks, not remaindered, not exilb, not bookclub, dj price intact, etc. simple author signature on bound in limitation page, no inscription. oversized childrens styled fiction hardcover. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 377
Book Description Subterranean Press, Burton, Michigan,USA, 2010. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. Nate Taylor (illustrator). 1st Edition. First Edition,First Print. True First one of only 400 limited edition copies signed by both the author Patrick Rothfuss and the illustrator Nate Taylor. this is #331. Patrick Rothfuss's specially designed "warning label" sticker is laid in loosely, this book is definitely not for children. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 003684
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