BDN Archive – The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle: The Thing Beneath the Bed by Patrick Rothfuss – Short Story Review

This was originally posted by me at (no longer available) on July 18, 2013. 


Genre & Length: Picture book, 72 pages.

The Blurb:

This is not a book for children.

My Thoughts

Plot: Princesses and teddy bears – what could go wrong? cackles

Pacing: Um… it’s a picture book. It moves pretty fast, just because of that.

Writing Style: This book is seriously not for children. It’s dark and twisted and… yeah, it’s awesome.

I had the privilege of hearing it read aloud by Patrick Rothfuss at the OWFI Famous Author’s Banquet back at the first weekend of May.

When he got to the end, I was wide-eyed with horror, and trying not to laugh too loudly.

Yes, it is possible to do both those things at once.

But seriously, don’t read it to your children expecting a sweet little bedtime story. This is not a book like that.

Would I read this book again: YES.

Also, there’s a sequel. I can’t wait to read it.


What do you think?

About Rebekah

Rebekah Loper writes character-driven epic fantasy featuring resilient women in trying and impossible circumstances who just want to save themselves but usually end up saving the world, often while falling in love.
She lives in Tulsa, OK with her husband, dog, two formerly feral cats, a small flock of feathered dragons (...chickens. They're chickens), and an extensive tea collection. When she's not writing, she battles the Oklahoma elements in an effort to create a productive, permaculture urban homestead.