Review / Once Upon a Tim

20220630ma_0876Book: Once Upon a Tim (2022)
Author: Stuart Gibbs
Art: Stacy Curtis
Genre: Lower MG

Opening lines from the book …
Once upon a time, there was a prince who was revered throughout the land for being exceptionally brave… who was known far and wide for his cool and calm presence in the face of grave danger… and who was beloved and adored by all the people of his kingdom. This is not his story. It’s mine. I’m Tim.


1) What a clever title and play on words with our main character Tim the peasant! Love it.

2) This is an old-timey story about a peasant boy (Tim) and girl (Belinda) who go on a quest to help their prince rescue a princess. And, you guessed it, these two kids are braver than the prince.

3) There’s a series of “vocab lessons” within the text that are playful and fun. And lots of anachronisms. (Like talk of indoor plumbing and air conditioning.)

4) As to be expected from this author, there’s lots of humor that’s perfect for the lower MG crowd!

5) I really enjoyed the illustrations that accompany this book. And there are lots of them. Which is good for the crowd that might be intimidated by blocks of long text.


This was a fun book, definitely aimed at younger readers. For fans of fairy tales with a twist and knights and quests!



Have you read this book? What are your thoughts? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

Note: I’m posting this for Greg Pattridge’s Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday

7 thoughts on “Review / Once Upon a Tim

  1. This looks like a delightful story, Maria—the opening lines are pretty much perfect! The sense of humor and braver-than-a-prince protagonists pretty much seal the deal. Thanks so much for the wonderful review!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s