Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Renaissance, Fairy tale
Publication Date: November 18th, 2017
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
This book was made to be just like the bedtime stories that we used to hear as kids, but transformed into something for adults. Hence the subtitle of “A Bedtime Story for Big People”. There are witches, curses, knights, magic, dragons, princesses, and anything else you would find in a fantasy medieval story. However Walter Kerr took the story to the next level. The backstory is that there is a big throw down between an evil Warlock and a beautiful princess and her prince. The Warlock casts a spell on them and turns the princess into an old woman and the prince into a donkey. Neither remember their past life. Their guardian angel casts a spell on the Warlock turning him into a dragon that cannot harm the princess or prince. There is a prophecy created that in time a knight will kill the Warlock and free the prince and princess. And here the story begins. We follow a boy named Blunder and his life story, who leads the book into adventure and new characters.
Right of the bat I realized that Walter Kerr’s writing style is easy to read. There is a lot of dialogue which is told in a very light tone, giving it the sense of a bedtime story. Easily one of my favorite things about the book are the names the author gives the characters, everyone is named literally. For example a baker is named Mr. Baker, however that’s not the funny part. Most of the other names have reasons behind them, like Father Ding Dong was named that “because as a boy it was his job to ring the church bells.” My favorite is Pee Pee the Peeper, who is actually a court jester who tends to peep on people and overhears their secrets. Throughout the book you could hear me giggling at all of the hilarious names that were given to the characters.
Walter Kerr wrote some dark stuff in his book, but it is hidden underneath his lighthearted writing tone.The people in the book have a lot of superstitions and it is cool to read about how the characters act with them about them. This book is fast paced and hard to put down because you just want to know what is going to happen next. There is some major character development throughout the book. Some of the characters start out doing the wrong thing when they know it’s wrong, but later on finally realize that doing the right thing is best.
The only thing that I was not a fan of was the last 70 pages of the book. There is a main character switch; which is interesting at first, but then I realize that I miss the original main character. The paragraphs start to get more confusing and almost seem to be out of place.
However that is the only complaints I have against the book and would otherwise definitely recommend this book for anyone who wants to read a refreshing fantasy adventure that brings back bedtime story memories and is sure to make you laugh. If your a fan of Leigh Bardugo, especially her short stories in Language of Thorns you would definitely enjoy this book.
I received a free copy of Sir Blunder from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.