the Little Red Reviewer

The Adventures of the Princess and Mr Whiffle

Posted on: August 30, 2010

 In what seems to be a growing habit of discussing “books with pictures that are not for children”, allow me to bring your attention to the latest from Patrick Rothfuss. Should you be lucky enough to see a copy of Patrick Rothfuss’s The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle, buy it. Do not pass go, do not collect two hundred dollars, and do not, under any circumstances read it to a young child, unless you’d like that child to be in your bedroom at 1:30am whispering through tears “Mommy, I can’t sleep, I’m scared”. When Rothfuss warns that the end of the book “has teeth in it”, he’s not kidding. That said, if you have one of those wonderous children who does, in fact, have teeth, and knows how to use them, proceed as you normally would. At least it will keep you chuckling until Wise Man’s Fear comes out.

That is all. Good day.

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6 Responses to "The Adventures of the Princess and Mr Whiffle"

I bought a copy of this for my library (public library) for our graphic novel collection — and cataloging department asked if it was a kids’ book I had ordered by mistake. Um…. no.

Quite familiar with Mr. Rothfuss, and just had to have this in our collection …. for teens and adults. ;)

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Jo – You’re a librarian, you’ll know the answer to my question – When libraries order books, do they already know the section (YA, mystery, etc) the book will be put in, or is it decided after they receive the materials? I ask, because I’m always shocked at what libraries I’ve been in have put in the teen/YA section.

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Yes, when we order books, we know where they’re supposed to go. In my library, there’s a group of us who handle different parts of the collection, so, for example, one person has 100s, and 200s, and another has 300s, or Mystery, or Fiction, etc.

In our library, there is a JH (junior high) section in the Youth Services department, and a TEEN section on the same level as Adult Services. JH is usually protagonists who are 16 and under, and for TEEN, we go for 16 and up. Sometimes, it’s a judgment call, but we rely on professional journals, reviews, etc. to select what we put where. I’m just speaking for how we do it where I am — and how I select stuff for our TEEN section. But different places might do it differently. :)

Feel free to send me an email if you’d like to pick my brain directly. :) Liquidityoftime @ gmail dot com

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You have been picked for One Lovely Blog Award!!
Check it out here: http://splashofourworlds.blogspot.com/2010/08/one-lovely-blog-award.html

Yiota @ Splash Of Our Worlds

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thanks for your kind words!
i love that you reviewing various fantasy books and not only the famous ones! Almost all of ur reviews make me add one more book at my list to read^^

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As much as I enjoy the famous ones, I like the obscure and underrated stuff too, especially smaller, maybe unknown stuff by known writers. I’m happy that you’ve been enjoying my reviews! :)

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