The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle

Those of you that have been around for a while probably already know about the picture book I did with Nate Taylor a couple years back: The Adventures of The Princess and Mr. Whiffle: The Thing Beneath the Bed.

The book was published back in 2010, but it’s been out of print for a long while. With the exception of the few copies we’ve had up in the Tinker’s Packs, people haven’t been able to get hold of it anywhere….

But now it’s being re-released in paperback. It’s got a new cover and everything….

They’re also doing a limited edition with a color version of the old cover, too.

[Edit: this limited edition version has a color cover. Just like I said above. Just the cover is color. Not the whole thing.]

What’s really interesting to me is that Nate (who did the coloring here) obviously thought of her dress as pink, whereas I’ve always thought of it as blue.

The new versions of the book have an new author’s note from me, if you’re into that sort of thing. But better than that, they have pages of Nate’s original concept sketches with both of our handwritten notes all over them. It was really neat for me to see those again after all these years….

Best of all, the folks at Sea Lion books are kicking a portion of all the profits raised from the sale of the book toward Worldbuilders this year. To start off, they’re donating 10% of each sale toward the fundraiser, but if they sell enough books, they’ve agreed to boost that percentage up to 15% 20% or even 25%

Personally, I think that’s really cool.

So. If you’d like to get a copy and help out Worldbuilders at the same time, you can pre-order it directly from Sea Lion over here. (The limited edition color-cover version is currently on sale, too.)

You can order it from other places, of course, but if you pre-order it there, then Sea Lion makes more money on the deal. Which means that Worldbuilders makes more money. And, in the interest of complete honesty, Nate and I get more money too.

Fair-warning: the pre-order sale will be done pretty soon, as the books will be shipping before Halloween.

Also I’m not sure how quickly the limited-edition color ones will sell out. The limited copies of Unfettered sold out pretty fast after I posted up the link….

Just so you know,


Edit: A few more questions that Sea Lion noticed in the comments below and has asked me to answer.

1. The limited edition *will* come with the “This Shit is Not For Kids” sticker.

As always, I feel a slight twinge about this sticker, which on casual inspection makes my book look like a Caldecott Award winner. But then I remind myself that any parent that buys a book for a child based on an award sticker they don’t even read, deserves what’s coming to them.

2. The limited editions will still be for sale after Halloween, but they won’t be on sale. That’s just for the pre-order.


This entry was posted in cool news, Nathan Taylor Art, side projects, The Adventures of The Princess and Mr. Whiffle, Worldbuilders 2012. By Pat54 Responses


  1. Jack Lancaster
    Posted October 18, 2012 at 4:07 PM | Permalink

    I always thought it was blue too…

    • Kalinya
      Posted October 18, 2012 at 4:31 PM | Permalink

      Me too… How interesting

  2. Hemija
    Posted October 18, 2012 at 4:15 PM | Permalink

    Too bad, Sea Lion doesn’t ship over seas. Makes it a little difficult to contribute to world builders.

    • Posted October 18, 2012 at 6:01 PM | Permalink

      They just told me they are shipping overseas. So you’re good.

      • Nolan D Schmidt
        Posted November 26, 2019 at 3:18 PM | Permalink

        I’m still waiting for mine :(

        P.S. I’m sure you hear this everyday but I’m a huge fan. Working on my own book really wish I could study under you, hell just get a few nuggets would be awesome. It’s taken me three years just really get the outline right haha! anyway thanks for all that you do.

  3. Gesepp
    Posted October 18, 2012 at 4:15 PM | Permalink

    So, to be clear, will buying this after release contribute to Worldbuilders at all? Or only pre-ordering it?

  4. Albender
    Posted October 18, 2012 at 4:16 PM | Permalink

    Great illustrations here. Ever considered Nate helping with a special edition of NOTW?


  5. bobjonvon
    Posted October 18, 2012 at 4:35 PM | Permalink

    I have a friend who has only red The Adventures of The Princess and Mr. Whiffle: The Thing Beneath the Bed an refuses to read your other books. I don’t know what to do and it makes me very sad.

  6. He without a clever name
    Posted October 18, 2012 at 4:38 PM | Permalink

    A book that I can honestly say that I did not see the ending coming.

    So on a completely separate note…

    Nanowrimo this year, Pat?

    • Marcus Cox
      Posted October 18, 2012 at 5:36 PM | Permalink

      I’ve had a few friends read my copy and just watching their faces I could tell when they got to the end. Always fantastic.

    • Posted October 18, 2012 at 6:02 PM | Permalink

      NaNoWriMo: Maybe….

      • LeFloop
        Posted October 18, 2012 at 7:53 PM | Permalink

        Yeah NaNoWriMo!

        • He without a clever name
          Posted October 18, 2012 at 11:14 PM | Permalink

          possible yays!

          It was really fun reading your experiences last year.

  7. masha
    Posted October 18, 2012 at 5:37 PM | Permalink

    I have wanted this book for so long! It’s such an awesome idea and looks great. I can’t wait to buy it (just as soon as I can figure out how not to be a poor broke student in back-ass of nowhwere Ireland).

    • ickle_tayto
      Posted October 19, 2012 at 2:42 AM | Permalink

      Hey.. I’m in Ireland and have two copies of the original book.. One’s the special edition and will remain mine (forever Mwah hah hah) .. But if you want the other I can send it to you..

    • ickle_tayto
      Posted October 19, 2012 at 2:44 AM | Permalink

      That is if Pat doesn’t object?

      • masha
        Posted October 19, 2012 at 11:44 AM | Permalink

        Wow, are you serious? That’s so generous. I would really appreciate it…but yes,of course only if its okay with Pat.

        • Posted October 19, 2012 at 4:32 PM | Permalink

          That is terribly generous. Of course it’s okay with me. You don’t need to ask, but it’s very gracious that you thought to do it…

        • ickle_tayto
          Posted October 20, 2012 at 8:48 AM | Permalink

          Yes I’m serious (And thanks Pat)..

          Uhm.. are you on twitter? or G+

          if you are I’m @ickle_tayto.. find me, follow me, and I’ll DM you my email address :)

          • masha
            Posted October 21, 2012 at 8:50 AM | Permalink

            Will do:) thank you!

          • masha
            Posted October 22, 2012 at 1:15 PM | Permalink

            oh by the way I’m @airam_1994 :)

  8. Ambershawn
    Posted October 18, 2012 at 6:38 PM | Permalink

    Done and done. I’ve been agonizing over what to get the husband for his birthday and you’ve just handed me the perfect gift idea. Now the question is do I have to give you credit for the awesome idea or can I continue my “perfect wife” impersonation for just a little longer?

    • Posted October 18, 2012 at 10:21 PM | Permalink

      You can take the credit. I don’t know if I’d be comfortable with being someone else’s husband’s “perfect wife.”

  9. dsano
    Posted October 18, 2012 at 6:58 PM | Permalink

    Perfect just in time to add to my list for my mother in law to get me for my birthday..I already have the black and white version but can’t pass up on the color version plus a little will go to Worldbuilders so I am in

    • Posted October 18, 2012 at 10:22 PM | Permalink

      Mind you, it has a color *cover.* Just the cover is different….

  10. dsano
    Posted October 18, 2012 at 7:01 PM | Permalink

    Pat, I am a little sad the not for kids sticker is missing though, that is a great part of the book

    • dsano
      Posted October 20, 2012 at 1:34 PM | Permalink

      Awesome! I love that seal

  11. Posted October 18, 2012 at 8:35 PM | Permalink

    Yay! I’ve been wanting to read this. I just purchased my copy.

  12. Lexxa
    Posted October 18, 2012 at 8:55 PM | Permalink

    I ordered mine! Woo Hoo! I read a friend’s copy waaaay back and I cannot wait to watch my Husband read this. Plus he will finally understand the stickers I bought :-)

  13. Kdboyd
    Posted October 18, 2012 at 8:57 PM | Permalink

    I’m digging the new black and white cover on the paperback. Not for kids though, right?

  14. Synapsis85
    Posted October 18, 2012 at 9:22 PM | Permalink

    Just ordered the color special edition. I’m super pumped!

  15. Old Timer
    Posted October 18, 2012 at 10:58 PM | Permalink

    My son (20 months) loves the Gruffalo picture book and the animated short movie that was based on it. I’m a bit sad that he’s growing out of his “I’m the scariest creature in this wood” T-Shirt.
    I always thought that if I won the Golden Ticket, I’d put the hard word on you to develop The Princess And Mr Wiffle in the same way. Perhaps Felicia Day or Amber Benson narrating….does Nate do animation?

  16. Anech
    Posted October 19, 2012 at 1:55 AM | Permalink

    Uncool pat!

    Just used a little too much money on project eternity, and now this??

    Already have that first special edt thingy, but suddenly i ordered the colour-cover as well… So smart of you to add commentary and bookmark!

    And can’t wait till worldbuilders starts again!

  17. Posted October 19, 2012 at 3:08 AM | Permalink

    How limited IS limited?

  18. Jeremy
    Posted October 19, 2012 at 8:57 AM | Permalink

    I already have the hardcover of this book but couldn’t pass up getting this version of it. Especially with all the extra little bits in it. Plus I can’t control my buying impulses when something says limited edition. Especially when it has one of my favorite authors names attached to it.

  19. BobaFert
    Posted October 19, 2012 at 10:21 AM | Permalink

    Does this come with the fun sticker that was on the original version? That would be sweet if it did!

  20. IvoryDoom
    Posted October 19, 2012 at 11:03 AM | Permalink

    So will these be on sale after Halloween still?

    I have strick instructions not to purchase anything on my christmas list and sadly….this was on it!?

    Still thinking of just going for it.

    • IvoryDoom
      Posted October 19, 2012 at 4:19 PM | Permalink

      oh yay, thank you for answering my question!

  21. Posted October 19, 2012 at 1:40 PM | Permalink

    I missed out on ordering the first edition, so I’m SO excited for this!


  22. danielahampton
    Posted October 19, 2012 at 3:29 PM | Permalink

    Damn! Not for kids? And I just ordered it to read to my unborn child! Oh well… I guess I can still read it to him/her before they’re born…

  23. deltaflip
    Posted October 19, 2012 at 6:45 PM | Permalink

    Slightly unrelated to Mr. Whiffle, but Pat, do you know when you will have your next FAQ? There are some questions regarding the contents WMF I would like to ask.

    • deltaflip
      Posted October 21, 2012 at 6:53 PM | Permalink

      Or Q&A I suppose.

  24. jillian
    Posted October 20, 2012 at 6:12 PM | Permalink

    this slipped under my radar. totally getting it this time around.

    also, Mr. Rothfuss, I hope you read this. I love/d Name of the Wind, was very excited when Wise Man’s Fear came out and then craziness happened and I’m just now getting around to seriously reading it. Actually I’m listening to it on audiobook in the car while schlepping my 8 and 5 year old around. We are just getting to University and ElderKiddo is really enjoying it. I remember NotW being fairly tame as far as most fantasy goes. Please say WMF is the same – a few curse words and LotR level violence is ok. Just no heaving bosoms or stuff like that.

    • deltaflip
      Posted October 28, 2012 at 1:42 PM | Permalink

      There are some pretty graphic scenes in Wise Man’s Fear I definitely wouldn’t expose to the ears of 5 and 8 year olds.

  25. Posted October 21, 2012 at 1:56 PM | Permalink

    Pat – thanks for throwing this out there. After realizing I had missed the Unfettered rush, I got a copy with haste.
    Your stuff is great and I laud your writing style. I know you get this all the time, but I love what you’re doing with your work and Kvothe’s story. Keep it up, friend. I read NoTW but am waiting until the Doors of Stone come out before finishing it. Thanks for keeping us busy with your blog. Great stuff.

  26. B
    Posted October 22, 2012 at 9:27 PM | Permalink

    jillian – I hope you see this – but there is heavy mature content at about 2/3 of the way through day 2. the last 1/3 of the book is probably not safe for kids – although its not graphic or porny it is definitely going to generate questions from the kids if they’re paying attention…..

    pretty much when they find Felurian in the woods is a good place to get your kids headphones or something……

  27. Jack
    Posted October 23, 2012 at 12:43 AM | Permalink

    As a poor university student in Australia, $41 (incl. shipping) is the most I’ve ever spent on something resembling a children’s book. Absolutely zero regrets – I’ve been meaning to get a hold of this for a while now =)

  28. nsleck
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 11:30 AM | Permalink

    If I mail you my copy with somthing cool will you sign it and send it back?

  29. ElsBells
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 4:32 PM | Permalink

    Sea Lion wont recognise my address in Sweden :(
    Anywhere else the colour edition can be ordered from?

  30. Nimrod
    Posted October 26, 2012 at 10:14 PM | Permalink

    This may be a weird question for this type of book, but any possibility this will be available for kindle? I am a college student and don’t have a lot of room to myself, so all of my books are in eformat.

  31. ljkeats
    Posted November 15, 2012 at 6:45 AM | Permalink

    Any idea on when books ordered through the pre-order will ship?
    I thought it was supposed to be before Halloween (as per the Fair-warning above), but haven’t gotten a shipment update.

    • tehw0rm
      Posted November 19, 2012 at 1:45 PM | Permalink

      I haven’t gotten anything either. Not only that, but these people don’t answer their phone and they don’t return voicemail. I’m starting to get angry about it.

  32. anemotis
    Posted December 16, 2012 at 12:22 AM | Permalink

    Bummer! Preordered this from amazon right away, figuring that it would be an amazing Christmas gift to myself. I have actually been counting the days until it ships, but I unfortunately just received notice that my order has been canceled. I *could* get a copy for more than 60 bucks, but I don’t want it badly enough to hand someone else the profit. Hopefully demand is high enough for another printing?

  33. wadershush
    Posted July 8, 2014 at 11:59 PM | Permalink

    Hey Patrick, any luck for this to be printed for another round???? =)

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