"Young’s whimsical narrative is superb. He spins a fairy tale written almost exclusively in verse that flows beautifully throughout his short tale....While Young’s work feels inspired by Dr. Seuss and C.S. Lewis, he creates a story that is uniquely his own." --Kirkus Reviews (Read complete review here.)
As a work of psychological fiction, this imaginative allegory delves into the world of the inner-self and explores the possibility of overcoming anxiety, depression, fear, discouragement and hopelessness. Dissecting its rich layers of symbolism and metaphor in group settings can generate engaging discussions of ethics, integrity, and morality at any level of understanding.
"I loved that the story became a great springboard to discussions of ethics with my children. My kids asked questions each night after reading a portion of the book. …. I recommend it to those who want to read something a little beyond the ordinary.”
– Ashley Jensen, author, The Watchers
There has never been a book more unique, or more timely, than
The Tale of Nottingswood.
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.
"...superb... inspired...." - Kirkus Reviews
"... Dr. Seuss on steroids...."- Tina Chan, TheBooklanders.com
"...BEYOND fantastic!" - Alisha Webster, TheBohemianHousewife.com
"...something a little beyond the ordinary." - Ashley Jensen, author, The Watchers
"It's like Dr. Seuss with a Tim Burton twist."
- Chris Sorensen, B&N bestselling author, The Greatest Discovery
"...amazing wit, rhyming, and timing.
My kids have read it multiple times."
- Megh, mother of five
"...a great road trip soundtrack..."
"... I am in love with this book.... it was BEYOND fantastic. J.R. Young’s voice really brings the story alive. My son, who isn’t even three yet, enjoyed it based on his voice alone....
"I, personally, thought the story was very enjoyable as well, the rhyming... flowed very smoothly and kept me interested.... 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."
- Alisha Webster, TheBohemianHousewife.com
You haven't fully experienced Nottingswood... until you've heard it.