'Prince Roger sets out eagerly on a quest and finds a few adventures, a lot of friends, a damsel or two in distress (not ) and himself, in the end. A 'carrier of joy' whose mere presence causes everyone to laugh uncontrollably, Roger finds cruelty and kindness equally amusing, and expects his quest to be a lark. It's anything but: As Roger passes through the Forever Forest, nearly starves at the Dastardly Divide, sees people at their worst in the Valley of Vengeance, and temporarily despairs in the Mountains of Malice, he sobers up, learns to care for others, becomes an expert peacemaker, does Good Deeds, and falls in love with Lady Sadie, who says what she thinks as she repeatedly saves his bacon.'--K. 'Feiffer's worldly-wise, confiding tone and sense of the absurd are highly congenial, and the drawings are a vintage Feiffer delight.'--Publishers Weekly.
100 Books for Reading and Sharing 1995 (NY Public Library)
"A Barrel of Laughs, A Vale of Tears scores 10 out of 10 on the demanding Pinkwater Scale...For certain people, I think it may become a special, personal book -- they'll take it along when they go to college and resort to it as comfort reading. As adults, they'll share it with best friends and children. Not a bad fate for a book.Daniel Pinkwater, -- "The New York Times Book Review "Feiffer's worldly-wise, confiding tone and sense of the absurd are highly congenial, and the drawings are a vintage Feiffer delight."-- "Publishers Weekly "Jules Feiffer follows "The Man in the Ceiling" with another winner, this time a rollicking medieval farce that pokes fun at medieval faraces -- and just about everything else -- while managing tat the same time to be hilarious, engaging, and thoroughly entertaining.""--Family Life"
For Ages: 9 - 11 years old
For Grades: 4 - 6
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 1st April 1998
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.4 x 17.4
Weight (kg): 0.47