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The Hidden Kingdom

(The Nocturnals #4)

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  39 ratings  ·  19 reviews

"The books celebrate the very meaningful idea of friendship."—Amy Poehler's Smart Girls

In the fourth middle grade chapter book, The Hidden Kingdom, animals in the valley start to trip on the crumbling ground beneath them, water disappears, and strange voices are heard. Everyone assumes the forest is under a spell. However, it’s a group of veiled creatures—a chameleon, st

Hardcover, 208 pages
Published February 6th 2018 by Fabled Films Press
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Oct 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-kid-lit
In their first appearance (The Mysterious Abductions), three very different animals - Tobin the pangolin, Bismarck the sugar glider, and Dawn the fox- work together to save themselves from a hungry snake on the very first night they meet. That success leads to the formation of the Nocturnal Brigade, with the three new friends ready to help others. Now in their fourth adventure, they are up against a challenge that seems insurmountable. How can a few animals find a way to help all the creatures t ...more
Debra Slonek
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-reads
Absolutely delightful! An engaging, fun story which was enhanced by the beautiful illustrations.

The nocturnal brigade consisted of a smart fox, an over-confident sugar glider and a compassionate, hard working pangolin. I enjoyed getting to know the Nocturnal Brigade. Each member brought different skills and abilities to their group. I loved the many examples of fierce and loyal teamwork. I was introduced to a kind, compassionate leader and also to a leader who was selfish, unkind and bent on des
Stacey Ashton
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I had a great time reading The Hidden Kingdom with my niece. We have read the whole series together and with each new book, we learn more about wacky animals and have fun researching them online. ( Pangolin anyone?) In this adventure, the animals in the valley start to hear strange voices, trip on the crumbling ground beneath them and their water disappears! The Nocturnal Brigade—Dawn, Tobin, and Bismark—assume the forest is under an evil spell. SPOILER ALERT: It's a group of veiled creatures—a ...more
Nov 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Something's happening that's actually destroying lives. Leaves, trees, fruit and bodies are drying out. There's a drought! But when they go to the water holes, there's absolutely No Water!
At. All.

So the team sets out to save everyone. While out and about, the forest seems to come alive to work against them. Sticks that run away, leaves that move and more. What can be happening and how can they top the forest from attacking them? And will they ever find water to survive the drought?

The Hidden Kin
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Hidden Kingdom: The Nocturnals, is the 4th book is a fun fantasy series for middle-grade readers. Starring Dawn the fox, Tobin the pangolin, and Bismark the sugar glider, it's a story that will have kids laughing along with their adventures.

The animals in the Hidden Kingdom are in trouble when water vanishes from the valley, and there may be evil spirits lurking in the forest. Dawn, Tobin and Bismark are friends in the Nocturnal Brigade, and they are on a quest to save the Kingdom. Told in
Ms. Yingling
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
ARC received from the publicher through Young Adult Books Central

Dawn, a fox; Tobin, a pangolin; and Bismark, an energetic sugar glider are all friends who have adventures. When there habitat is threatened by severe drought, they make their way to where they think a waterhole should be. Along the way, they run into Cora, a wombat who is severely weakned by hydration. Tobin is rather smitten with Cora, so the group takes her with them. Along the way, they run into all manner of trouble, including
Michelle Rodriguez
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
After reading the first three novels in the series, my children could not wait to see what The Hidden Kingdom had in store. We read the novel out loud as a family, everyone participated, and it was easy to do so- the animals in this novel are so lively! What I liked most about this book was that it went beyond the easy 'teamwork and friendship' narrative that most middle grade novels default to. Although the Brigade surely demonstrated the difficulties and benefits of both teamwork and friendshi ...more
Nicole Wheeler
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Nocturnal Brigade is back in this installment of the captivating series about an intelligent fox, an anxious pangolin, and a spunky sugar glider! In this book, Dawn, Bismark, and Tobin take on King Cami, a chameleon who’s stealing all the water in the forest with the help of some camouflaged creatures. The three friends will have to come together to stop King Cami and help their friend Cora before it’s too late! A great new book with beautiful illustrations, a clever twist, and lots of funny ...more
Mary Tharp
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love all the books.
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Hidden Kingdom is the fourth book in The Nocturnals’ series. I got it for my nephew because he loves animals (and especially lizards) without realizing it was a series, but he didn’t have any trouble understanding what was going on. The book is very cute, with funny characters, an interesting plot, and lots of lessons about teamwork. He liked all the different animals in the books, and I enjoyed learning about them, too. I had no idea what a pangolin was! We’ll definitely be returning for th ...more
Teri Parks
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-reader
This book series entails so many wonderful characteristics, it should be required reading for all Young Readers!

The characters are animals that are not normally thought of: a pangolin, a sugar glider, and a wombat. So naturally if is fun to explore these new animals. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

One of the characters seems to be tri-lingual, and I found that a little disturbing. While the character does speak popular French and Spanish phrases, I think it would have been a better read if it stayed with just one fo
Jennifer Lee
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My children love animals and this is just the series that allows them to learn about new ones! This time the Brigade faces an unseen foe that is draining the forest's water and causing panic. As we learn more about pangolins, sugar gliders, and red foxes- the main trio of the Nocturnal Brigade; we also unveil the creatures often forgotten. The use of unique animals is what originally drew us into the series, but we've stayed because the plots are so much fun. For Spring Break, the publishing com ...more
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a fabulous book! Reminiscent of Watership Down and Wind in the Willows. Fun, creative characters; intriguing plots; action that flows like a movie; gorgeous and unique artwork. Even reading Book 4 without having read the other 3 (I received the book in the mail), I wasn't lost or confused! Totally engrossing! I know my upper elementary students will love this story. Can't wait to share it with them. If you haven't been to - go now! :)
Jul 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Bismark the sugar glider, Tobin the pangolin, and Dawn the fox return in this fourth Nocturnal Bridgade adventure. This time they must work together to solve a water problem created by the Hidden Kingdom. Middle grade school reader will learn how the team works together to solve problems
I received this book through a publisher giveaway. Although encouraged, I was under no obligation to write a review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Crystal Harkness
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
The Hidden Kingdom is an entertaining mid-grade book. The animals in it all have distinct personalities and even speak some words in different languages. This chapter book is accompanied by very unique artwork which adds a lot to the story. It is a cute book with lots of adventure.
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very unique, I like that it's different makes it stand out!
Gary tuttle
Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Pretty good kids book, I even enjoyed it.
Lydia Wallace
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great book. The characters are delightful. Appealing page turner for middle school readers. Fresh and fun. Highly recommend.
Engel Dreizehn
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-2018
Good animal story series so far featuring exotic animals not normally depicted in children's fiction or let alone well known in general, for example, the pangolin.
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Tracey Hecht has written, directed, and produced for film. The American Booksellers Association chose the first book in her critically acclaimed middle grade series, The Nocturnals: The Mysterious Abductions, as a Kids’ Indie Next List pick.

In 2017, she expanded the series to include early reader books, so that families could share the reading experience together. In partnership with the New York

Other books in the series

The Nocturnals (4 books)
  • The Mysterious Abductions (The Nocturnals #1)
  • The Ominous Eye (The Nocturnals #2)
  • The Fallen Star (The Nocturnals #3)

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