Prince Roger has the strange gift of inspiring laughter. Every animal and person within a half mile of him falls into uncontrollable laughter. Needless to say this is not a desirable quality for a prince to have. His father, the king, decides that Roger needs to embark on a quest. His hope is that the quest will turn Roger into a sober and responsible individual.
And so Roger sets off, through the Forever Forest, across the Dastardly Divide, through the Valley of Vengeance, and over the Sea of Screams and Mountains of Malice. Along the way Roger learns important lessons about what really matters and although he gets everything wrong, it all turns out right.
I am confident that you’ll enjoy “A Barrel of Laughs, A Vale of Tears.” Feiffer’s writing style is amusing. One of the things that I enjoyed most was his periodic digression into the difficulties that he as a writer has in keeping his characters in line. One of the characters in particular occasionally walks in and out of the book, a feat accomplished through the book’s black and white ink drawings.
I would recommend that you read “A Barrel of Laughs, A Vale of Tears” both for its wonderful storyline and its refreshingly different style.Inkweaver Book Rating: