Sunday, April 29, 2012

Interview and Review for Nimpentoad

Come and join me as I talk with authors Henry, Josh and Harrison Herz on Stories From Unknown Authors about her book Nimpentoad on @ 6pm EST today.


  • Paperback: 34 pages
  • Publisher: Birch Tree Publishing (Feb. 10, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 0615602746
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615602745
  • Website:

  • Review:
    Nimpentoad is similar to Lord of the Rings, yet with no gruesome details. The characters must find alternative ways to defeat their enemies. This story has a great leader, a Nibling named Nimpentoad who is smart enough to figure out that being small has its disadvantages. Goofus is a giant who has a hard time doing everyday chores. He can't even read a book without tearing it's pages with his big awkward hands. But to get to Goofus, the Niblings must travel through Grunwald Forest where threats and dangers abound. Encounters with Goblins, Orcs, Neebels, Rhinotaurs and Giant Scorpions are sure to happen. Will the Niblings make it through unscathed to find protection with Goofus?

    This story is filled with tons of fantastical elements that will delight children of varying age groups. The emphasis of the story is put upon teamwork, creativity, and leadership. The authors have done a wonderful job creating an adventurous story that not only invites readers to think of the possibilities, but to believe in themselves. Though the Niblings are small, each creature of the forest has a greater purpose, sometimes they just don't see it.

    A truly interesting and inspiring 24 page book that will assuredly delight any fantasy lover. 

    Josh and Harrison Herz are elementary school students who enjoy fantasy stories. Josh’s hobbies include parkour, building with LEGOs, and painting Warhammer miniatures. Harrison plays basketball, and collects Yu-gi-oh cards and KidRobot vinyl figures. Both are big fans of The Lord of the Rings, the annual Comic-Con convention, and have an entrepreneurial bent. With design help from their dad, they started three web-based businesses selling LEGO party favors, custom cast bases for Warhammer, and painted concrete yard sculptures. Henry Herz’s love of the fantasy genre began in elementary school with “Where the Wild Things Are” and “The Lord of the Rings,” and continued by playing Dungeons & Dragons and Warhammer. Struck by inspiration one day, Henry began a fun project with his two bright young sons, who share his joy of entering the magical realms of fantasy. Together, they wrote this tale. By day, Henry is a management consultant who also teaches after school enrichment for elementary school children.

    A charming tale of the courageous and resourceful little Nimpentoad, who leads his tribe of Niblings through the perilous Grunwald Forest, overcoming obstacles and encountering strange creatures along the way. Kids enjoy the adventure and stunning illustrations. Parents appreciate a positive story that emphasizes teamwork, creativity, and leadership.

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