- File Size: 1058 KB
- Print Length: 226 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: March 5, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00ITTEV68
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,178,369 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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To fully enjoy this book, you'll have to suspend your sense of reality for a bit. Don't want to give away any spoilers, but this is a fantasy novel. If you are expecting a retelling of Noah (based off the title), then you might be a little disappointed and miss the heart of this book. My first inclination was to think that this was the animal's side of the Noah story. However, this is more a book of redemption with a powerful story of a loner con-hog whose encounter with the king of unicorns changes his life and others forever.
Due to some intense imagery and scenes, I would recommend this book for children and adults 8-ish and up. Read it and enjoy the unfolding of Thimblerig's story!
You already know about Noah. Just wait until you read the animal's story.
Thimblerig is a little groundhog with big problems.
He’s a loner con-artist who’s losing his mojo; the wild dogs who run the forest harass him at every turn; he’s having vivid nightmares of apocalyptic floods; and worst of all, he believes he sees unicorns when everyone knows unicorns are only the stuff of legend.
But what one animal might call a problem, Thimblerig calls an opportunity.
In a moment of inspiration, he comes up with the ultimate con: persuade as many suckers as he can that a world-ending flood is coming; the fabled unicorns have told him where the only safe place will be; and only he can lead them to safety.
All for a reasonable price, of course.
When the flood really does come, Thimblerig has a choice: either save the ones who trusted him, or lose everything.
And that’s when he discovers that his problems have only just begun.
Thimblerig's Ark is a great story about redemption and selflessness. It is similar to the Chronicles of Narnia, and kept me constantly reminded of the land of Narnia and the Talking Beasts, but at the same time it was amazingly original and thoroughly enjoyable.
I though the characters were very well developed. Thimblerig is an especially interesting main character. Raised by his unicorn-believing groundmother (I love this play on groundhog and grandmother!), he was a believer as a child, but as an adult he dismissed it as nonsense and became a con-man. The flashbacks to his childhood were well done and showed us a part of him and helped us understand his actions in a way we may not have otherwise. We saw into the other characters' personalities only briefly, but it was enough to distinguish them from each other and give them individuality.
The plot was amazing!! It was in some ways like the story of Noah and the Ark from the Bible, but at the same time was so different that it kept me interested in the story. It's similarities to The Chronicles of Narnia were also evident, but not glaringly or in a way that made me think, 'wow, he really ripped off Narnia!' It was refreshing to read a book so much like one of my favorite series, but that was still so original and unique at the same time.
This was a great read, it kept me interested and I was completely invested in the story! I know it's a children's book, and I can no longer give myself that title, but I still loved it. I can't really praise it any more than to say it was a completely original story that reminded me of Narnia. My only complaint is that I wanted more! I am earnestly hoping for a prequel that gives the complete story of the time of the unicorns.
That's another reason to read it; I mean, seriously, UNICORNS!!!!
Would I recommend it? Yes, definitely, to everyone!
Would I let my kids read it? I will read it to them in their cradles!
Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.
I look forward to reading the sequel!
My two cents: get this book, it is worth buying. (Just please ignore comments saying it is like Narnia, they just mean animals talk and its from a Christian-like vantage point. Don't disservice both books with the comparison. This book stands nicely on its own)
I liked that how in the story Thimblerig changed and how the author wrote about the battle between good and bad. At first it seemed like there was no hope but that the strength of the animals' belief made things change. The characters had very distinct characteristics and I could believe them acting as they did. However, I did think the description could be improved some--with more detail about the scenery or about how the characters felt and things like that. But I still really liked it and would read more books by this author if they were available.
The reading level is right for kids 8 or 9 through middle school. I thought it was fine.