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nimpentoadBook Details

Genre & Age: Fantasy early chapter book (ages 7-9)
Format: Paperback, 44 pages, 6″ x 9″ and Kindle
Publisher: Birch Tree Publishing
ISBN: 978-0615602745

The clever little Nimpentoad leads his fellow Niblings through the perilous Grunwald Forest, overcoming obstacles and encountering strange creatures along the way. Kids enjoy the adventure and stunning illustrations. Parents appreciate a story that discourages bullying, and emphasizes teamwork, creativity, perseverance, and leadership.

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It truly is gratifying to see you working with your sons on such a fine creative effort. The artwork is lovely.
David Brin, author of the Uplift Trilogy and The Postman

This is the kind of book I’d have loved as a kid. Just stunning illustrations.
Saladin Ahmed, author of Throne of the Crescent Moon

It’s way too rare that there are books that both my 6-year-old and I can be charmed by and want to read over and over! Luckily, Nimpentoad is one of those books!
Chris Ryall, Chief Creative Officer of IDW Publishing

With all the buzz about fantasy stories written FOR children, it’s a treat to read a fun, engaging story written BY talented children. Nimpentoad is a great little romp with cool illustrations that kids of any age will enjoy.
Ron Noble, author & Emmy award-winning animation director of Rugrats, Rocket Power & The Wild Thornberries

Nimpentoad is exactly the kind of story I liked to make up for my girls when they were small. It’s full of amazing creatures doing interesting things. Sometimes it’s scary, but the hero always saves the day, and guides them to their final goal.
Larry Bond, NY Times bestselling author of Red Storm Rising

Love the inventiveness of the this book, and the art is great. Very impressive and inspiring that it was co-written by elementary-school kids!
Ned Vizzini, author of House of Secrets

Nimpentoad is a work of love…for fantasy. And its clear from the first paragraph (the authors) take the inspiration from the best in the genre…to wonderful effect. Geared towards the 6-10 year old set, Nimpentoad is an appropriate work to introduce younger readers to fantasy tropes…and the lessons therein. The illustrations encapsulate the quirkiness of the piece…and I can’t wait for more from this team. Simply put: a winner!
Sohaib Awan, host of FictionalFrontiers.com

Nimpentoad is a very charming little book that will cater to the imaginations of young readers. The story has a great message of the importance of banding together and seeking friendships in the most unlikely of places.
Stephen Silver, animator of the Kim Possible cartoon series.

A delightful peek into the big dark forest filled with many a creature… Nimpentoad guides the young reader through a fantastic adventure!”
– Tara Platt, voiceover actor for Ben Ten, Naruto & Mobile Suit Gundam animation

“A fun, creative, fast-paced adventure. I really enjoyed seeing each new creature and seeing how Nimpentoad was going to save his friends. I can’t wait to share this book with my nephews -they’re going to love it!”
Grant GouldStar Wars animator

Artwork from Nimpentoad was a semi-finalist in an art contest judged by The Hobbit movie art directors John Howe, Alan Lee, and Richard Taylor.

Nimpentoad reached 8th on Amazon Best Sellers large print > sci-fi & fantasy, and 1st on Kindle Best Sellers children’s > social situations > bullies

Press & Reviews

– How Pre-Teen Entrepreneurs Cut Their Teeth in Book Publishing (Entrepreneur Magazine)
– Writing with my Kids (CNN iReport)
– Young Fantasy Authors Enter World of Self-Publishing With Nimpentoad (Wired Magazine)
– Art Semi-finalist (Warner Bros.’ Treasures of Middle-earth Design Contest)
– I Have a Nibling Infestation! (TheOneRing.net)
– Prince William and dads everywhere show ‘Mr. Mom’ is outdated (CNN, tab 6)
– Carmel Valley Father & Sons Produce Children’s Fantasy Book (Carmel Valley News)
– Six Degrees of Sauron: discovering the character connections between The Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit (TheOneRing.net)
– How Pre-Teen Entrepreneurs Cut Their Teeth in Book Publishing (Young Entrepreneur)
– Facebook for Middle-earth: Six Degrees of Sauron (GeekDad)
– Fantasy Book a Labor of Love Between Father, Sons (La Jolla Village News, see p. 11)
– Discouraging Bullying Through Storytelling (CNN iReport)
– San Diego Father & Sons Write Children’s Fantasy (Examiner)
– LOTRProject to Launch New Web App (Legendarium)
– Christmas in the Village Holiday Events (La Mesa Patch)
– Six Degrees of Sauron–Kevin Bacon not Included (Middle-Earth News)
– Nimpentoad to Debut at Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore (San Diego Jewish World)
– Book Signing By Kid Authors of Children’s Fantasy Tale Nimpentoad (KPBS)
– Magic Realms (Cornell University)
– San Diego Elementary Students Publish Book (Natural Awakenings)
– This Week in San Diego Fiction (World News)
– It’s Christmas in the Village Time! (Examiner)
– Nimpentoad Book Signing (365 San Diego)
– Fantasy Author Family at Del Mar Library (Examiner)
– Nimpentoad Authors to Visit Carmel Valley Bookstore (Del Mar Times)
– Writers Galore at First Library Festival (La Mesa Patch)
– San Diego Fiction (Examiner)
– Nimpentoad Guest Post (Civilian Reader blog)
– Nimpentoad (Have You Heard My Book Review blog)
– Meet the Authors of Nimpentoad (Corner On Character blog)
– Nimpentoad. Nimpen… who? (FU Only Knew blog)
– Featured Indie Book – Nimpentoad (Indie Author News)
– Top Quotes from Nimpentoad (Quotations Diary)
– Nimpentoad (Magic Appreciation Tour)
– Nimpentoad (Confessions of a Reader blog)
– Guest Post: Henry Herz (W. Brondt Kamffer)
– Nimpentoad (Can’t Put It Down blog)
– And Now For Something Completely Different… (W. Brondt Kamffer)
– Imagination Comes to Life (92130 Magazine, see p. 56)
– Nimpentoad Equals the Collaboration of Family! (Christine Cunningham blog)
– K is for Kids (Masquerade Crew blog)
– 5 Minutes, 5 Questions (JoeyPinkney.com)
– Nimpentoad (The Crypto-Capers Review blog)
– Interview with Children’s Author Trio (Be the Difference blog)
– Nimpentoad (The Fantasy Nook blog)
– Nimpentoad (Deeply Shallow blog)
– Nimpentoad (Inspiration for Creation blog)
– A Father & Two Sons Journey into Publishing (Indies Unlimited blog)
– The Making of Nimpentoad (Raychelle Writes blog)
– Meet Henry Herz (Beach Bound Books)
– Poets, Authors Contribute (North County Times)
– Interview with Henry Herz (KevinRau.com)
– Book Overview – Nimpentoad (StormTheCastle.com)
– Children’s Book – Nimpentoad (LateNightParents.com)
– TORN to Give Away The Hobbit with Training Wheels at Comic-Con (The One Ring.net)
– Nimpentoad (Be What’s Right)
– Nimpentoad Authors Out and About at Hobbitcon! (The One Ring.net)
– Henry Herz (Squid Ink Publishing)
– Nimpentoad (Addicted to eBooks)
– Nimpentoad (Preview the Book)
– Nimpentoad by Henry Herz (Book Reviewer blog)
– Nimpentoad Authors Navigate the Comic-Con Forest (San Diego Jewish World)
– Nimpentoad – Children’s Book Review (Jessica Nickel blog)
– Nimpentoad Authors at Comic-Con (Del Mar Times)
– Nimpentoad (Trickster Eric)
– Nimpentoad (Hot Lit Books)
– Nimpentoad (SpecFicPick)
– Review of Nimpentoad (The Blog Farm)
– Out & About (92130 Magazine, see p. 30)
– Josh & Harrison Herz (Inspire Me Today)
– Henry Herz Interview (All Kinds of Writing)
– Nimpentoad (Kristi’s Book Nook)
– The Hobbit with Training Wheels at DragonCon (The One Ring.net)
– Review of Nimpentoad (Slimy Bookworm)
– Nimpentoad (Cellar Door Books)
– Nimpentoad – A Fantasy Story for Children (Vanna Smythe Blog)
– Nimpentoad Book Review (Readers Favorite)
– Don’t Just Read to Your Kids, Write With Them! (Carmel Valley Life)
– Nimpentoad Children’s Fiction (Awesome Indies)
– Nimpentoad (Movies of the Mind)
– Nimpentoad: Are three heads better than one? (Just Us Indies)
Cornell Alumni News
– Carmel Valley Students Co-Author Fantasy Book (Del Mar-Carmel Valley Patch)
– Top Picks for 2012 (San Francisco Book Review)
– Interview with Children’s Fantasy Author Henry Herz (Morgen Bailey’s Writing Blog)
– Interview with Henry Herz, author of Nimpentoad (Indie Author Land)
Midwest Book Review
– Nimpentoad (Literary Lunchbox)
– Nimpentoad (Bibliocracy Nation)
– T-Shirt Represents Kid Authors’ Journey (CNN iReport)
– Nimpentoad (Anita Books)
– A Father/Writer’s Journey With His Sons (The Serious Reader)
– Writing as a Family: Nimpentoad (Best Blog for Kids Who Hate to Read)
– Nimpentoad (Pinky’s Favorite Reads)
– Interview with the Authors of Nimpentoad (We Do Write)
– Indie Spotlight of Henry, Josh & Harrison Herz (World of Indie Awesomeness)
– Delightful Juvenile Fantasy Story, Nimpentoad (Thoughts for Today)
– Interview: Henry Herz (Book Snatch)
– Review: Nimpentoad (Insane Ramblings of a Crazed Writer)
– Father-Sons Writing Team Publishes Second Book (Del Mar Times)
– Interview with Henry Herz, author of Nimpentoad (Indie Author Land)
– Henry Herz (Dads in the Limelight)
– Author Spotlight: Henry Herz (Morgen Bailey’s Writing Blog)
– Twignibble by Henry, Josh and Harrison Herz (Have You Heard My Book Review)
– Spotlight & Interview: Nimpentoad (Book Hounds)
– Twignibble Book Review (Beach Bound Books)
– Nimpentoad by Henry, Josh and Harrison Herz (The British Fantasy Society)
– Henry L. Herz (Inkdrop Interviews)
– Nimpentoad Quiz (7 Magic Islands)

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