Midwest Book Review’s review of Nimpentoad has been provided to the Helen C. White Library’s “Cooperative Children’s Book Center” (University of Wisconsin, Madison), where it will be made available to school and community librarians throughout Wisconsin’s public school systems and community libraries. This review has also been provided to the Cengage Learning, Gale interactive CD-ROM series “Book Review Index”, which is published four times yearly for academic, corporate, and public library systems.
“Nimpentoad” is an engaging first chapter high fantasy book for children in grades K-5, written by two brothers age 10 and 12 with the help of their father. It has many delightful features to recommend it to a juvenile audience. First, it is exciting and fast paced, with colorful descriptions and imaginative illustrations of intriguing small, elf-like forest beings who are attempting to resolve problems relating to being bullied by other bigger beings. Second, there are powerful sub themes and messages about the value of cooperation, working together to achieve worthwhile goals, not giving up in the face of obstacles, and using imagination, teamwork, and creativity to problem solve. Further qualities that are to be emphasized and prized are perseverance, leadership, manners, open mindedness, and being literate. “Nimpentoad” is also just a very fun read for kids. Finally, it is written by kids, with a parent’s involvement. What better prescription for high fantasy first chapter novelette success? “Nimpentoad” demands a sequel, of course, which is to be anticipated.