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From the Author

In writing Sir Nathan and the Quest for Queen Gobbledeegook, it was my intent to create a work that was silly and fun, not only for 'tween age kids, but for older kids and adults, too.  By using humor and colorful descriptions, I hoped to create a book enjoyable enough that parents would enjoy reading along with their children.

About the Author

Mark Smith lives in a small town in the Midwest and has enjoyed the creative outlet of writing since a young age. Sir Nathan and the Quest for Queen Gobbledeegook was originally written as a silly romp through a land of adventure for the author's young nieces and nephews. Now it has been rewritten and edited for a general release, aimed at other children like the author's 9 year old son and for those young at heart.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1470059061
  • ISBN-13: 978-1470059064
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,291,471 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This very clever and very silly adventure book is definitely one of my new favorites. The writing is crisp and exciting, and the totally out-of-the-box humor is amazing. I laughed, and I mean, I laughed a lot!

Sir Nathan is a great character: he is short, determined, somewhat scatter-brained, and he "hates evil" most of all. And although the "evils" don't turn out to be so evil after all, Sir Nathan tackles each evil situation with the utmost fierceness.

Princess Abbey, Tupolev, Sir Nathan's talking horse, and all of the other characters are quirky, interesting, and just plain fun.

The interior illustrations are black and white line drawings by Derek K. Gebler and are a wonderful addition to the story.

This book is imaginative and lively. A book that is easy and fun to read, and a book that any reluctant reader would definitely stick with. It is also a book that anybody, of any age, would thoroughly enjoy.
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Queen Gobbledeegook has gone missing and it is up to Sir Nathan, the Hero of Mariskatania, to find her. Along the way he meets all sorts of odd folks, including pixies and wizards and a hulking creature named Mazy that likes to knit. The land of Mariskatania is a colorful one, filled with bright Jubb Jubb Trees and fuzzy, blue Hobnobber Squirrels who spend all their time looking for a snack guaranteed to poison them.

The sub-heading, A Somewhat Silly Story, is by no means false advertising Mark Simon Smith has crafted a clever tale that produces laughter, groans, and everything in between. Silly it is. The creatures he has invented include Tinker Toads, MechaMonkeys, Licorice Lambs, and Hobnobber Squirrels, to name a few. Each has interesting and sometimes hilarious traits.
Silly does not stop with the weird, strange, and often nice creatures he comes into contact with while on his quest to find the missing queen. Sir Nathan takes off riding his trusty steed Tupolev, a talking horse.

"You want me to climb a tree?" asked Tupolev in a shocked voice. "Why would you think I am any good at . . . oh, right. I forgot I'm a squirrel now. Sorry"

I enjoy silly movies with slapstick in them . I equally enjoy clever, creative, and silly books like Sir Nathan and the Quest for Queen Gobbledeegook: A Somewhat Silly Story. I think this is a good book for reluctant readers. The story is easy to follow, fun to read, and will brighten the spirits of anyone who reads it.

There are illustrations scattered throughout the book. These black and white line drawings are a great compliment to the story. If you have never seen a MechaMonkey, Pixie Sisters, or a giant Warlock's Assistant, Derek Gebler's art will help you imagine the unimaginable.
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The Queen of Mariskantania is missing, and it is up to the hero, Sir Nathan to smite all the evil in the land and rescue
her. In this colorful adventure we travel with Sir Nathan across the land, past beautiful puffy Jubb Jubb trees, through
the Swamp Forest of Misery, past Mount Thunder and all the way to Flying Hills of Blort. This perilous journey is
wrought with danger as our hero must outsmart pixies, evil wizards, the mini Prestidigitator (who really thinks he's ten
feet tall) and baby giants. Through everything the Hero manages to overcome his challenges and in the end makes a
number of new friends.

This book is an enchanting tale of adventure and fun. I smiled the entire time I was reading it to the point that my
cheeks hurt. Author Mark Simon Smith has created an entertaining world for children and adults alike. There was a
number of laugh-out-loud moments and even a few places where I found myself holding my breath to find out what was
going to happen to our hero. In addition to the great descriptions and clever adventures that Sir Nathan experienced, I
think that readers have an opportunity to learn about overcoming obstacles, using your head to solve problems and
making new friends in the process -- lessons we can all use no matter our age or experience.

(This book was provided to Compulsion Reads for review by the author.)
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Sir Nathan and the Quest for Queen Gobbledeegook by Mark Simon Smith is definitely not a book that I would pick up off a bookstore shelf. However, it was written by the brother of a former co-worker, so I wanted to give it a try. I also have to admit that I needed to get out of my "adult thinking" and see this book as my former third graders would see it. When I did that...I can honestly say that it was a fun read. I think some kids will need to grow into the humor, but could be enjoyed if parents read the book to their younger kids the first time around. Being able to read between the lines is a skill that children need to experience and appreciate and this book offers many opportunities for just that. In today's world, it is a great thing to find books that children can enjoy that will keep their imaginations flying into new worlds...and this book takes them to the land of Mariskatania, with all sorts of characters. Mr. Simon does a great job of describing both the setting and the characters, so children will be able to "see" this book happening in their mind's eye.
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