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The König is a tyrant. His subjects are starving. And all-out war is fast approaching. Will a pair of young, courageous brothers save their kingdom?

When an emissary sent by the König himself stops by the remote mouse colony of Long Meadow, the peaceful life Sommer and Nesbit have shared is turned upside down—and the brothers are catapulted into separate death-defying adven
Paperback, 316 pages
Published September 30th 2014 by Parkers Mill Publishing
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Hannah Greendale
Nesbit lives in the mouse colony of Long Meadow, situated within the gardens of the Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna, Austria. Every mouse in the colony must pay tribute to their ruler, the König, in the form of food, which the mice refer to as Essen. But a harsh winter lies ahead, and Nesbit and his family need their Essen to survive until spring. When the König's Field Marshal arrives demanding more Essen, Nesbit speaks up on behalf of all mice and is sent to the Forest of Lost Life as punishment. ...more
Veronica ⭐️
I liked the premise of the story with two mice brothers, Sommer and Nesbit. One brother is big, strong and brave. The younger mouse is small, timid and bullied. The older brother, Sommer, is taken away to be a palace guard. The younger mouse must now learn to fend for himself. All does not go well for Nesbit but in his journeys he learns that his brother is in danger. Will Nesbit find the courage to save his older brother?

A tale of courage and standing up for what you believe is right. A story f
When I saw that this historical fantasy was set in the Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna, Austria, I jumped at the chance to read it. I will be visiting the palace myself in in 2016 and thought it would help me get my bearings; even if it is a mouse-eyed bearing! THE KINGDOM OF THE SUN AND MOON is a fantasy adventure story marketed for children - however I think it should be read by older children, advanced readers, and young adults because while there is not a lot of blood and guts there is quite a b ...more
Ava •°✧•
Sep 28, 2020 rated it liked it
First book of the Rainbow Readathon: Red.

This book was interesting and fun to read. I enjoyed reading some of the mice legends, and I think this book offered some intriguing commentary on real life, which I wish it had leaned into more. All in all, I think this is a pretty good children's book and entertaining for older people, too.
Jul 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Actually, three and a half stars, verging on four. I really liked this book! But it is not - quite - on the level of "Watership Down", "Bambi", "The One and Only Ivan", or other classic animal storeis. Still, it's a good adventure story, well-plotted and with interesting incidents. Kids who love animal fantasies should be enthralled.

Two brave young field mice, brothers Sommer and Nesbit, find themselves in danger of their lives. The Koenig has called Sommer,the elder and stronger, to be a member
Jaime K
Jun 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was a great story. I didn't enter to win it on Goodreads, and the author was at BookCon 2015...and I had no inclination to go to him. I didn't want "another animal book." But the line was short, and a free book is worth it in the end, and I am so glad I got it.

People are Menschen. Food is Essen. Cheese is Goldenessen

Nesbit is the youngest of three mouse brothers whose father, Lavendel, is the Lead Mouse of Long Meadow. The eldest brother died a few years ago in the König's army. His slightl
Dec 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Even though I have cats and would look askance (as would they) at any mice in the house, I thoroughly enjoyed this debut fantasy novel by Lowell H. Press about a colony of mice living in between the cats and the people in a 1700s-era castle.

Well written with memorable characters, a wonderful setting, and a derring-do plot that is perfect for readers aged 10 and up, "The Kingdom of the Sun and Moon" also has a strong foundation of mouse culture, myth and history to help make the tale about beleag
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
While this book didn't work for me, I didn't hate it while reading it. My real negative feelings towards it started when I was gathering my usual information to write this review.

First I brought up the Amazon page. In big, bold text, there are two messages about Kingdom of the Sun and Moon winning awards:

Winner of the 2015 Gold Benjamin Franklin Award for Teen Fiction
Winner of the 2015 Silver Benjamin Franklin Award for Young Reader Fiction

Never having heard of those, I googled it. "The IBPA Ben
Ardyss (With Her Head in a Book)
Originally posted on my blog, With Her Head in a Book

I received this eArc from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.

Did Not Finish at 22%

The Kingdom of the Sun and the Moon has a good premise - a daring mission, impending doom, rebellion… Best of all, two brothers with a bond stronger than the scent of Limburger. And who doesn’t love an animal story?

The reason I couldn’t continue with this novel is because of the writing style. I understand it’s classified as Children’s Literatu
Oct 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: j-books
The Kingdom of the Sun and Moon
Lowell H. Press

Review: Nesbit and Sommer are brothers living in the Long Meadow mouse colony. Their colony is one of many along the castle belonging to Napoleon Bonaparte’s Son. The brother’s kingdom is run by a mouse known as the Konig and it is on the orders of the Konig that Sommer must go to the palace for a special mission and that the garden mice must give all of their essen or food to him. Nesbit, not liking how the Konig treats the garden mice, speak
Anne Hamilton
Nov 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, children
Verging on four stars.

The Schönbrunn Palace is the beautiful prison where the son of Napoleon Bonaparte is guarded. Down in the palace's magnificent Viennese gardens, colonies of mice are under threat as autumn shifts towards winter. Their König is being blackmailed by the feral Emperor Wolfsmilch who demands the Sacred Goldessen as the price for keeping his army of one hundred thousand forest mice from attacking. Every last morsel of food is needed by the König and those garden mice who even so
Jackie G Mills
Dec 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Kingdom of the Sun and Moon by Lowell H. Press is a wonderful tale of grit and courage. Nesbit and Sommer are two little mice who live in Long Meadow. As anticipated, the eldest of the two, Sommer, is soon drafted into the Konig’s guard. It is what the young mouse had always dreamt off. But, instead of the expected honour and patriotism the young mouse longed for as part of the Eagle Guards, he soon discovers things are not quit as they should be. With the threat of Emperor Wolfsmilch’s immi ...more
Aug 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-kid-lit, netgalley
Fans of The Tale of Despereaux will love this new story that also has elements of Watership Down. The setting is the fabulous Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna with the action taking place in the surrounding gardens and within the very walls of the palace itself. Nesbit is the youngest son of Lavendel, the leader of the garden mice in the Long Meadow. His oldest brother Blum was recruited to become an Eagle Guard to the Konig (king) and was never seen again. Now his older brother Sommer has also been ...more
Feb 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I got this book through Goodreads first reads.
Generally I try not to read books about a fictional world of mice. It’s a long story but basically as a child the TV version of Redwall traumatised me. I’m glad I made an exception with this.
Nesbit and Sommer are brothers from the colony of Long Meadow and when a member of the Thistle Guard comes recruiting Nesbitt ends up banished from the garden and Sommer is sent to the palace. Their respective adventures help determine the fate of the Kingdom (a
Trisa (Absolute Bookishness)
I received a free copy of The Kingdom of the Sun and Moon from Goodreads First Reads.

The Kingdom of the Sun and Moon is an intriguing tale primarily surrounding the adventures and brave acts of two mice, brothers Sommer and Nesbit of the Long Meadow colony. Through a series of unusual events, the brothers' paths divide then, ultimately, merge as the secrets of their kingdom are slowly revealed.

Recruited to join the Eagle Guard, an elite force in the König's army, Sommer faces a doomed mission a
Briar's Reviews
The Kingdom of the Sun and Moon was an interesting readb y Lowell H Press.

This book was clearly made for a much younger audience - perhaps middle grade? The story follows a group of mice (yes, first person animal...not my forte) and their adventures. It's filled with courage, hope, action, adventure, talking animals, suspense and a beautifully woven tale.

I did enjoy this book, but it was not aimed for the adult audience. Younger readers would find this book way more interesting than I did. It di
Mrs. Inglis 5th Grade
Mar 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adventure

My Book Review On The Kingdom Of Sun And Moon

The rating on good reds for The Kingdom of Sun and Moon was a 3.82.

summery- Summer is a garden mouse who lives in the colony of Long Meadow. One day field marshal Osterglocke comes and takes Summer to complete an impossible mission. His brother Nesbit gets in trouble with Osterglocke and Osterglocke attacks him. Nesbit strikes back and gets in lots of trouble. Summer misses his colony. You'll find out a dreadful truth if you read the Kingd
Jae Park
Mar 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: firstreads
I received a copy of this book from Goodreads First reads, thank you!

"The Kingdom of the Sun and Moon" is set in and near the Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna, and is a fascinating locale. I read this to my sons, and they thoroughly enjoyed both the setting and plot. They were also enthralled by the many mouse characters, especially Sommer and his brother Nesbit.
Nesbitt is banished from the kingdom and the guards attempt to kill him. He makes many miraculous escapes and is helped by both an owl an
Jun 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
A kingdom of mice. A looming invasion. A local power-grab. An unjust banishing. Lowell weaves together a credible tale of incredible mice. Engaging, winsome, and just. It's nice to see a book for children that is still in the old vein of right prevailing. The fact that things work out in the end is important, but it's the telling that matters - the bravery, the self-sacrifice, the honor. Noble traits aren't often lauded in tales anymore, and I applaud Lowell for turning out a quality work that t ...more
Apr 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this story of a kingdom of mice in different places of society, from garden mice to the palace mice, each vying for a place of survival, though royalty were oppressive to the lower class ones. I liked the strategies and plots of the unlikely heroes to overcome the tyrants and help those who were trying to live peaceably. It did have similar veins of other books I've read (Redwall, Watership Down) but, all in all, the author built a convincing life of mice and their true heroes ...more
J.A. Ironside
Jul 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
I loved this. A weak animal story makes me turn away in disgust (Yes Michael Morpurgo, I'm looking at you) but a good one always pulls me on board and this was excellent. Others have compared it to Watership Down but it bears very little resemblance to that classic. Instead it is very much itself. It put me in mind of The Secret of Nimh but more because it was about mice than anything else. This is an action packed adventure with characters you can't help but fall for. As a bonus it is set again ...more
Nov 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Netgalley for a preview! The Kingdom of the Sun and Moon is action-packed, features an unlikely hero, and demonstrates how team work can affect change. It was great from beginning to end. There are quite a few characters, but the author did a great job developing each one enough to be memorable when they reappear. Many reviewers noted that it is a violent book, and I agree. It heightened the action and suspense, but may not be a good choice for the squeamish or children younger than te ...more
Jenn A. Maronn
Apr 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
I liked this book, but I felt the beginning was a little slow and I had trouble connecting with the characters. My peak interest in the book was when I only had 20% left to read. I am not usually a fan of books that are epic in scope, and this being about two individual mice in the kingdom just wasn't that engaging to me. That said, it doesn't talk down to its audience and if you are someone who's really interested in Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna, you'll find the setting of the novel fascinating. ...more
Feb 19, 2017 rated it liked it
"The Kingdom of the Sun and Moon" is a story written for children. In my opinion the optimal age range to read this novel would be from 9-12 years. It is an animal story about 2 mice brothers, one big and brave and one small and timid and of how each goes through their own trials and tribulations for survival. I enjoyed the book for the most part but would caution parents that there is killing and death in the story (without the gore). I enjoyed that the setting was in and around the Schonbrunn ...more
Mar 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I remember receiving this book and the look I gave with the comment, "A mouse book? Really? It's a mouse book..." I don't know what I expected, but from the beginning I was hooked, and not at all disappointed that it was "a mouse book!" It has adventure, bullies, good guys, bad guys, danger, all the makings of a great story! Check out this book, and don't be deterred by the mice!

I received a copy of this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.
Kristy McRae
Mar 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
A great story for fans of Brian Jacques or Erin Hunter! The main cast of characters is all mice, along with a few other creatures, and a couple of human appearances. Not as much time spent on the minute details (like Jacques' descriptions of meals!) so this story moves pretty fast. A good adventure, with a bit of historical backstory concerning the location of the action, and one of the humans Nesbit the mouse encounters during his adventure. ...more
Marilyn Stanley
Feb 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The author sure knocked this one out of the ball park - WOW - what a great read. I find it difficult to imagine where someone would come up with the idea to write a book about "mouse people" but then again, I'm not an author just a reader and now a fan of this author - incredible job!!

I highly recommend this book!
Nov 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads!

A most enjoyable read. Eloquently written such that there were many times I had to remind myself that the characters were MICE! I definitely would recommend this book to others!
Bill Tillman
A one off tale of a mouse kingdom. All in a day and a night the Kingdom of the Sun and Moon gets a new leader(s). As good as the Redwall series, but just one tale of great adventure, hero's galore. Don't miss this great little book! ...more
Apr 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Delightful story about a kingdom of mice that lived in a human's castle. Just like the real world of kingdoms, there was political intrigue, traitors, Warriors, and unwilling heroes. Upper elementary students will enjoy this fantasy. ...more
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LOWELL H. PRESS was inspired to write The Kingdom of the Sun and Moon, his first novel, during a summer spent in Vienna, Austria, in 2001. While his wife went to work in the city, Lowell and their two-and-a-half-year-old son spent many a day at Schönbrunn Palace. The magnificent world of the palace and its glorious park lent itself well to a story about a kingdom of mice existing in the remarkable ...more

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