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A Barrel of Laughs: A Vale of Tears
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Harpercollins Childrens Books
Publication date April 1, 1998
Pages 180
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Juvenile Fiction
ISBN-13 9780062059260
ISBN-10 0062059262
Dimensions 0.50 by 7 by 9 in.
Weight 0.80 lbs.
Original list price $14.99
Other format details juvenile
Summaries and Reviews
Summary
Prince Roger is sent on a quest, the purpose of which is to turn the carefree young prince into a sober man and worthy monarch, but Roger gets everything wrong--except for the meaning of life, and that he gets right.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: ‘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)

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Hardcover
from Bt Bound (October 1, 1999)
9789990064186 | details & prices | List price $0.02
Paperback
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Reprint edition from Harpercollins Childrens Books (April 1, 1998); titled "A Barrel of Laughs: A Vale of Tears"
9780062059260 | details & prices | 180 pages | 7.00 × 9.00 × 0.50 in. | Rec. grade levels 4-6 | 0.80 lbs | List price $14.99
About: Determined to make his good-natured son worthy of succeeding him, King Watchamacallit sends Prince Roger on a quest
Library
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from Harpercollins (September 1, 1995); titled "A Barrel of Laughs, a Vale of Tears"
9780062050991 | details & prices | 180 pages | 7.25 × 9.25 × 1.00 in. | 1.30 lbs | List price $14.89
About: Determined to make his good-natured son worthy of succeeding him, King Watchamacallit sends Prince Roger on a quest
Reinforced
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Reprint edition from Demco Media (April 1, 1998); titled "A Barrel of Laughs: A Vale of Tears"
9780606131810 | details & prices | 6.75 × 9.00 × 0.75 in. | Rec. grade levels 4-6 | 1.10 lbs | List price $14.49
About: Determined to make his good-natured son worthy of succeeding him, King Watchamacallit sends Prince Roger on a quest
Prebinding
Book cover for 9780613065115
 
from Turtleback Books (October 1, 1999)
9780613065115 | details & prices | 7.00 × 9.25 × 1.00 in. | Rec. grade levels 4-6 | 1.20 lbs | List price $25.75
About: Determined to make his good-natured son worthy of succeeding him, King Watchamacallit sends Prince Roger on a quest

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