The Prince who fell from the sky by John Claude Bemis, Random House, 2012
Format: Picture, Book, Fiction Graphic, novel, Non-Fiction, Paperback
Rating: 1-5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review)
Genre: Fantasy, Mystery, Adventure, Science Fiction, Non-Fiction, etc.
What did you like about the book?
This is a unique story. In a post-apocalyptic world, the ‘skinless ones’ have all died since ‘the turning’ and the world is home to only animals. Casseomae, the main character is a large cub-less bear that protects a ‘cub’
that came to the earth in a crashed vehicle, a passering (spaceship). In this world, the animals speak to one another in vorago and the ‘cub,’ a young boy who is the only survivor on the ship, chirps. At least that’s how the animals hear it. A smart and wisecracking rat, Dumpster joins the bear and the boy as Casseomae tries to protect him and get the boy someplace safe.
This odd group of characters must fight to save their lives by battling wolves and assorted other animals, while traveling across the land toward
the Sun’s birth and to the Havenlands, if they even exist. The Prince who fell from the sky is told completely from the animals’ point of view. It is part Redwall, part The Incredible Journey and part Day of the Animals.
What didn’t you like about the book?
To whom would you recommend this book? (Read-alikes if you can think of
Fans of Redwall and anyone who likes animals’ stories will enjoy this book.
Also readers of dystopian and post-apocalyptic fiction will also find a lot
to like The Prince who fell from the sky.
Who should buy this book? (Middle schools, high schools, small libraries,
all libraries, etc.)
Middle schools and public libraries
Where would you shelve it and why?
Definitely in Fantasy
Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?
Sure, if you want to read something very different.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:
Maria Touet, Librarian, Pope John XXIII High School, Everett
Date of review:
June 11, 2012