Sir Nathan and the Troublesome Task by Mark Simon Smith

27 Nov

Sir Nathan and the Troublesome Task: Another Somewhat Silly Story

by Mark Simon Smith

Illustrated by Derek K. Gebler

302 Pages – Ages 8+

Published by CreateSpace on August 24, 2012

Sir Nathan is back in an all new somewhat silly adventure! When the Royal Twins go missing, Sir Nathan and his trusty steed Tupolev are called upon by Queen Gobbledeegook to rescue them! As they set off on their journey, they meet up with “Amazing” Grace, the castle cleaner’s daughter who wants to be a knight. Sir Nathan does not think that is a good idea. Grace hasn’t even taken any classes to learn how to be a knight and her costume is all wrong AND her “horse” (Flopsy) is a MOP – literally, the girl rides a mop!  Grace is determined to go on the quest and prove herself as a knight. The unlikely trio (I guess it would be a quartet if you count Flopsy the mop), encounter a tribe of not-so-smart, clumsy ogres that dine on the blood of their enemies  tea and scones, three witches that share one eye, one ear and one nose between them, a dragon who is afraid to fly and other various silly characters on their way to find the twins. Will Sir Nathan yet again save the day and rescue the twins?!?

I LOVED THIS BOOK! It was so…SILLY! I loved the first somewhat silly adventure Sir Nathan went on (Sir Nathan and the Quest for Queen Gobbledeegook, see my review HERE) and this one is just as silly! Sir Nathan was his usual awesome silly self and in this story, I also really liked Grace. She was really funny (especially because of Flopsy). I also really like the illustrations in the book. They let me see who the characters were and some actually made me laugh! Both of Mr. Smith’s books in this series are very appropriate for younger kids and they are just fun to read!

I give “Sir Nathan and the Troublesome Task” 5 out of 5 bookworms!

To learn more about Mr. Smith and the Somewhat Silly Stories, please visit the Somewhat Silly Stories website HERE or visit Mr. Smith’s facebook page HERE.

37 Responses to “Sir Nathan and the Troublesome Task by Mark Simon Smith”

  1. Angela Brown November 27, 2012 at 7:45 am #

    A knight that quests with silliness wrapped inside as well. Makes for a very good read. Thanks for the review 🙂


  2. lionelsnod November 27, 2012 at 8:17 am #

    Thanks for the review Erik! I have seen this book and was very interested in it. Your review seals the deal. I must read Sir Nathan by Mr. Smith!

    Paul R. Hewlett


  3. ontheplumtree November 27, 2012 at 8:43 am #

    Your delight of silly books cheers me up!


  4. Kirsten Larson November 27, 2012 at 8:49 am #

    We fall for silly in this house every time!


  5. Lynn A. Davidson November 27, 2012 at 8:57 am #

    This looks to be a hilarious book! Maybe my seven-year-old grandson would enjoy this one. Thanks, Erik! 🙂


  6. Mark Smith November 27, 2012 at 9:36 am #

    Erik, I can’t tell you how much your kind words mean to me! I’m delighted that you liked my book and really appreciate you taking the time to read and review it (even though I got the name of your site wrong on the back cover – thanks for not downgrading my review because of that). – Mark


    • thiskidreviewsbooks November 27, 2012 at 4:00 pm #

      Thank you for taking the time to comment on this post! I really loved your book(s)!


  7. Genevieve Petrillo November 27, 2012 at 10:50 am #

    This is definitely a silly silly book. It sounds perfect for a silly little dog like me!

    Love and licks,


  8. julie rowan zoch November 27, 2012 at 2:02 pm #

    Can’t wait to read it! LOVE THE COVER!


  9. Darlene November 27, 2012 at 3:53 pm #

    This looks like a fun read. Thanks!!


  10. Joanna November 27, 2012 at 4:39 pm #

    Well written review, as ever, Erik. I am not a fan of real silly, but you have sold this to me!


  11. Patricia Tilton November 27, 2012 at 7:57 pm #

    Excellent review. When you used “silly” the first time, I thought this was one book you weren’t into. But, was pleasantly surprised. Sounded fun!


  12. Michelle Isenhoff November 27, 2012 at 9:16 pm #

    These sound like books m-man would love. I see you put on age 8, which would be third grade. M-man is reading at a low fourth grade level. Think maybe these would work for him to read on his own?


    • Mark Smith November 27, 2012 at 10:04 pm #

      Michelle, the books are written for ‘tween age kids aged 8 to 14, and for those young at heart. I’m working with a 4th grade teacher that’s using these books in her class and is creating a teaching curriculum to accompany them. -thanks, Mark


    • thiskidreviewsbooks November 28, 2012 at 7:49 pm #

      I think M-Man could read them on his own, but you could also read these books out loud to M-Man and T-Man. I rate my books (age wise) to reading by yourself. I hope he/you like it!


  13. Mark Smith November 28, 2012 at 11:33 am #

    Eric, thanks for letting me put a link to my Kickstarter project in here! I’m raising money in order to better promote my books and get better traction in book sales. One of my goals is to be able to afford giving free copies to school and public libraries and offering the paperbacks at my cost to teachers. I’m giving away ebook and paperback copies as rewards, as well as having your name as the name of a main character in book 4! (Hmmm … as it is, may just have to have an Erik The Great character just for your generous reviews)

    Mark Simon Smith


    • thiskidreviewsbooks November 28, 2012 at 8:04 pm #

      Hmmmmmm… Erik the Great DOES have a nice ring to it… 😉 I can’t wait to read the next Somewhat Silly Story!


  14. Susanna Leonard Hill November 28, 2012 at 6:52 pm #

    This sounds like tons of fun, Erik! I love the idea of a mop as a horse. I used to use my bicycle as one – not quite as much of a stretch 🙂


    • thiskidreviewsbooks November 28, 2012 at 8:25 pm #

      It isn’t tons of fun Ms. Hill. It’s not even close to that. It’s about the size of the Pacific Ocean fun! 😉 I like to pretend my bike is a hoverbike, although I like it being it a horse too! 🙂 I’ll call it Wheely 😉


  15. Myra GB December 9, 2012 at 6:55 pm #

    Book cover looks great, Erik! And five out of five! You ARE generous if well-deserved – makes for a great teacher! 🙂



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