The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle

Patrick Rothfuss and Nate Taylor’s wicked take on the children’s picture book The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle (from Subterranean Press) is about a princess, her teddy bear Mr. Whiffle, and the thing under the bed. Don’t worry, I haven’t told you anything you couldn’t figure out from the cover.

This is not a children’s book. I’ve had to distract my four-year-old daughter from this book several times as it looks like it should be a children’s book. Rest assured, it is not. Unless you think Edward Gorey writes children’s stories, then maybe it would be a children’s book for you.

All the same, I found the story delightful and darkly humorous. The drawings are well-done and expressive. There’s a lot of detail in the background of each page to enhance the story. And hey, while you’re waiting for The Wise Man’s Fear, pick a copy of this up to tide you over. Subterranean Press says that sales are brisk for this title and I hope that it becomes one of the rare titles that they decide to send to additional printings.

John Klima is the editor of the Hugo Award winning Electric Velocipede.


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