Somewhere between the twisted worlds of Tim Burton and the bouncing meters of Dr. Seuss, you'll find the upside-down town of Nottingswood.
Having cast out the majestic Guardian who was once their protector, Nottingswood built the Great Wall to block out the sun. Now, holed up in their houses, Nottingsfolk are content to let their town decay into a colorless wasteland.
Until one day...
A curious cry from the center of town catches the attention of a pair of twins who guard the Great Nottings Gate. Lured from their hohumly home, this Brother and Sister stumble upon a Creature that has the power to change their lives forever.
Follow this daring pair as they defy the shadowy Order of Voices, dodge the meddling Ms. Grouse, and face the austere hand of The Judge on an adventure that neither they nor you will ever forget.
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J. R. Young is the not-so-alter-ego of inspirational speaker and performer, Justin Young. The Tale of Nottingswood is his first fictional novelette. He lives in Virginia with his patient wife, active children, and annoying cat who refuses to let him do anything without her permission.
The Tales of Nottingswood is a literary masterpiece of poetic and lyrical genius. J.R. Young has performed himself yet again! I'm eagerly looking forward to his next literary masterpiece from his own pen of conviction and faith in God.
This was an amazing read. Loved the poetry. Quite entertaining. I can't believe I haven't read any of his works before. And apparently not many others know of this hidden gem either - Why does it not have more ratings on Goodreads? Kids from around 7 years would probably enjoy it more than my 2 (3 & 6 years), but my 6 year old managed to catch the drift of the story. Audiobook version: wonderfully narrated, feels as if you are sitting at your local library with the author sitting on a couch reading it to you.
Before I even begin, I want to tell you that I am in love with this book. I was sent an audio copy, and it was fantastic. No, it was BEYOND fantastic. My first impression was that the voice acting was terrific, only to find out a few words later that the author narrated it himself! NO JOKE, easily the best voice acting I have ever heard! J.R. Young’s voice really brings the story alive. My son, who isn’t even three yet, even enjoyed it based on his voice alone(I highly doubt he understood the story). I, personally, thought the story was very enjoyable as well, the rhyming story flowed very smoothly and kept me interested in what was going to happen. I think it would be suitable for any age group, but kids 6+ would probably understand the story better. The audiobook would be a great road trip soundtrack if you have children. I know I’m going to pop it on during our next long car ride! Once my son is a bit older, I could see myself reading him pieces of this story every night. This very Dr.Suess-ish story will not disappoint! I would recommend it to anyone with children in their house. 5/5 stars!
I read The Tale of Nottingswood aloud to my children over the course of several nights. It is a great book to read aloud due to the lyrical nature of the book. It's a lot like reading Dr. Seuss books that are just enjoyable to read because the words bounce around and play off of your tongue. I had a lot of fun with it.
My kids loved the mystical creatures and the unique, little town where the story was set. I loved that the story became a great springboard to discussions of morality with my children. My kids asked lots of questions each night after reading a portion of the book. It led to great discussions and some really enjoyable talks with my children. The book didn't shove the questions of morality down your throat, but they were definitely interlaced throughout the narrative and were things that my kids picked up on.
This was a very fun book to read. I recommend it to those who want to read something a little beyond the ordinary. I also highly recommend reading it aloud to your children.