THE ADVENTURES OF THE PRINESS AND MR. WHIFFLE: THE THING BENEATH THE BED by Patrick Rothfuss, dust jacket and interior illustrations by Nate Taylor. Burton, MI; Subterranean Press; 2010. Trade hardcover edition, 2nd printing. ISBN: 978-1-59606-313-6. Length: 72 pages. This is not a book for children. It looks like a children's book. It has pictures. It has a saccharine-sweet title. The main characters are a little girl and her teddy bear. But all of that is just protective coloration. The truth is, this is a book for adults with a dark sense of humor and an appreciation of old-school faerie tales. There are three separate endings to the book. Depending on where you stop, you are left with an entirely different story. One ending is sweet, another is horrible. The last one is the true ending, the one with teeth in it. The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle is a dark twist on the classic children's picture-book. I think of it as Calvin and Hobbes meets Coraline, with some Edward Gorey mixed in. Simply said: This is not a book for children. Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover copies. 1st edition 2nd printing. From Booklist: “The inclusion of three successive ending points, each darker in nature than its predecessor, allows the faint of heart the chance to stop, but really, the payoff for hanging on to the final ending is too good to miss.” From SF Crowsnest: “The horrible Roald Dahl-like sting will have you chortling as long as you are not reading it to your six year-old niece who would be forever scarred by the denouement.” From San Francisco Book Review: “In what is by far the funniest and most original book of the year (so far), Rothfuss shows off his ability to think and create outside of the expected. The story is pure comic genius that will be fun and funny for parents and children. The illustrations, not to be outdone, offer subtle little quirks that, after reading the book multiple times, shine through and give it lasting re-read incentive.” Fine in fine dj. 1st trade hardcover edition, 2nd printing.