ABOUT THE BOOK
The furry bright-eyed little Nimpentoad is tired of being picked on by the bigger creatures of the ancient forest. He convinces his fellow Niblings to make the perilous journey to a castle where they hope to find refuge. Along the way, they are confronted by ravenous goblins, trolls, rhinotaurs, and other perils. But with teamwork, perseverance and Nimpentoad’s leadership, the Niblings outwit these menaces and learn important lessons.
Kids enjoy the creatures, fantasy adventure and stunning illustrations, while parents appreciate a story that discourages bullying, and emphasizes teamwork, creativity, perseverance, and leadership. It has earned 60 Amazon 5-star ratings! Nimpentoad is available at
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Ages ago, when the stars were brighter, and the hills were young, all manner of fantastic beasts lurked under the shadows cast by the twisted trees of the Grunwald Forest. Most of these creatures had thick fur; some had tough skin or hard scales. A few were gigantic, and some were puny. Many had sharp claws, fierce horns atop their heads, or drooling fangs.
As you might guess, most of these creatures were not very nice. They teased each other, played tricks on each other, fought with each other, stole things from each other, and sometimes, if they were really hungry, even ate each other!
This was really bad for the smaller creatures. No one wants to be bossed around all the time, have their toys taken away, or worst of all, be served as dinner!
The smallest folk living in the shadowy Grunwald Forest were called Niblings. Niblings are skinny and short – just above knee-high to an adult human. I don’t think they picked that name. I think the Goblins picked it for them. Because Niblings were small and weak, they didn’t have a lot of toys or even clothes.
They weren’t strong enough to wear armor, so Niblings mostly used sticks and rocks to protect themselves. When they had to go somewhere, they would travel in groups to look out for each other. Mostly, Niblings avoided getting picked on (or picked up) by spending a lot of time hiding under bushes, and growing their own food to eat. They loved juicy berries and meaty mushrooms, especially pink ones.
There was one Nibling named Nimpentoad. He was braver than most Niblings, which isn’t saying much, and he was very clever. He knew there was a Giant called Goofus who lived in a tall stone castle on the other side of the forest.
Goofus was the biggest creature in the forest, so nobody picked on him. But Goofus could be grumpy because his large size made it hard for him to do some things.
For example, Goofus was so strong, that he would accidentally break things like dishes and cups when he made his meals. He was so tall, that he had trouble bending over to mop his stony castle floor and to mow his giant lawn. Goofus’ fingers were so big and clumsy that it was hard for him to turn the pages of books. This was very frustrating for Goofus, because he loved to read books.
Nimpentoad had an idea. He said to the other Niblings, “If we cross the forest to Goofus’ castle, we can help each other. Goofus could protect us from all the mean creatures, and we could do the chores that Goofus is too big or strong to do well himself.”
Nimpentoad continued, “I think that Goofus will love the idea of having us help him turn the pages of his books.”
“I’m with you, Nimpentoad,” his friend Dimbal said. “I bet he’d like to have help around his castle.”
The Niblings were tired of being picked on by the larger creatures, so they all agreed to make the long, risky journey through Grunwald Forest.
WHAT READERS ARE SAYING
“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 (Brightness Reef, Infinity’s Shore & Heaven’s Reach)
“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
“We were immediately intrigued by the cover and loved that it was written by two boys. The story unfolds as Nimpentoad’s quest to improve the lives of his tribe leads them into dangerous encounters with many exotic forest creatures. Through courage, trust, and creativity, Nimpentoad saves the day and sets a good example for readers. This is the perfect book for kids who enjoy Fantasy and who are just a little too young to read The Lord of the Rings trilogy. I look forward to reading Nimpentoad’s next adventure.”
– Sheri Fink, author of The Little Rose & The Little Gnome
“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, Nipentoad 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
“What made Harry Potter so popular was the fact the author didn’t talk down to kids. This book takes that same approach. I read it to my five and seven year-olds and they hung on every word–even if they didn’t know the meaning of every word. They were enthralled, entertained, and excited about the main character and asked a lot of questions (a good sign) about the various creatures and the world the author created for this tome.”
– Lee Silber, author of Organizing from the Right Side of the Brain, Rock to Riches, Bored Games & more
“Parents of young children, if you haven’t heard of this book, do yourself a favour and pick it up. It’s a long time since I read anything in this age range, but this is proof positive of the old adage that fairytales really are for everyone. No, there aren’t fairies, but there are some really important lessons about courage, friendship, trust, and careful thinking. The lessons are conveyed in a funny and-dare I say it-cute package.”
– W. Brondt Kamffer, author of The Ossian Chronicles
“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.
“Nimpentoad is a delightful tale that will have fantasy fans everywhere high-fiving. The pacing is pitch-perfect, and the strong emphasis on community and leadership never comes across as didactic. The protagonist Nimpentoad represents everything we want ourselves and our leaders to be: smart, resourceful, innovative and kind. I highly recommend this book to teachers and parents as a read-aloud for kids in kindergarten through fifth grade.”
– Léna Roy, author of Edges
“Nimpentoad is a remarkable little book. It’s a fine example of creative writing with an appealing story. I found the style of writing particularly interesting. The writers’ comments accompanying the story, often in parenthesis, invite the reader to participate in the “telling and receiving” to the extent that the reader is increasingly engaged in the tale and with the characters. This was so refreshing that reading it was a truly delightful experience.”
– Berty Segal, author of Teaching English Through Action