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The Tale of Nottingswood Paperback – November 26, 2014
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J. R. Young lives in Virginia with his patient wife, active children, and annoying cat who refuses to let him do anything without her permission.
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The Tale of Nottingswood is a delightful read suitable for all ages--something both children and adults and everyone else in between can enjoy. The story revolves around a pair of siblings whose lives are turned upside down when they discover a strange creature bundled up in a blanket with a magical tabloid. The story has a fairytale-esque feel to it . . . with a slight steampunk influence that can really be seen in the second half of the story.
The illustrations by the lovely Amelia Grace are also wonderful--they really bring the story to life!
One thing I do think I should mention is that one should not read this book in one sitting--or at least I couldn't do that myself else the words started getting twisted in my head as the rhymes began to blur. For me, I found the best way to enjoy this book was to read it in 15-20 minute chunks . . . allows me to spend more time appreciating the story, rhyme, and pics without feeling overwhelmed. Also, not sure if this holds true for everyone, but when I read, I always hear a little voice inside my head reading out loud the words. Funny thing is, that little voice inside my head started reading singing to a little tune in time to the rhymes! It was weird--but quite fun, to be honest.
All in all, The Tale of Nottingswood was a fun, lighthearted read--the perfect book to add to your summer reading list!
***free copy was received in exchange for an honest review**
My kids loved the mystical creatures and the unique, little town where the story was set. I loved that the story became a great springboard to discussions of ethics with my children. My kids asked questions each night after reading a portion of the book. It led to great discussions and some really enjoyable talks with my children. The book didn't shove morality or ethics down your throat, but ethical situations were definitely interlaced throughout the narrative and were things that my kids picked up on.
This was a very fun book to read. I recommend it to those who want to read something a little beyond the ordinary. I also highly recommend reading it aloud to your children.