Sir Nathan and the Clammy Calamity (A Somewhat Silly Story Book #3) by Mark Simon Smith

18 Jul

Have I got a surprise for you! Since everyone wanted to know more about my legendary bass of legend, I thought that I would post a picture of it (besides, Rhythm asked me if I had a picture and some of you questioned my awesome fishing abilities 🙂 ).


I was told to “Smile BIG!” 😀

sir-nathan#3Sir Nathan and the Clammy Calamity
By Mark Simon Smith
Illustrated by Derek K. Gebler
310 pages – ages 7+
Published by CreateSpace on May 3, 2013

When an evil whale (named Kale) tries to flood Mariskatania (because he’s upset of all the litter that goes into the sea from Mariskatania), Sir Nathan, the Hero of the Land, is called in. Sadly, Kale the Whale anticipates this and he takes all of the courage out of Sir Nathan! Now all the Hero wants to do is weep, sob, and cry. Who’s going to stop Kale the Whale from flooding Mariskatania now? Why, everyone, that is! From the tiny hobnobber squirrels (blue squirrels that crave nuts that are incredibly poisonous to them) to the spoiled Princess Abbey who only cares for herself, everyone gets their chance to be a hero on this adventure!

I loved this all-new adventure of Sir Nathan (Read my review of book 1 right HERE and book 2 over THERE)! It was even funnier than the other two books! The message of this book is great – it says that there is no thing to hold courage – it comes from within. You don’t need some fancy weapon to have courage. What you need is a heart. I really like the plot, especially how everyone (including Tupolev, Sir Nathan’s faithful steed and Amazing Grace, a knight-friend of Sir Nathan) “became” the Hero of Mariskatania. That was hilarious! Plus, I like the Licorice sheep. They are pretty smart. (they were building a sheep-friendly ladder, for candy’s sake!) I love the illustrations, but wish there were some more. I really like Kale the Whale. He’s just your average inventor who wants to take over the world, although being a whale in a walker-mechanism (4 legs & 2 hands) makes it a funny sight to behold. This is a great book for young readers, whether it’s a read-aloud, or just a read-alone.

I give this book a whopping 7 out of 5 book worms! twobooksfivebooks

26 Responses to “Sir Nathan and the Clammy Calamity (A Somewhat Silly Story Book #3) by Mark Simon Smith”

  1. julie rowan zoch July 18, 2013 at 9:56 am #

    Wow -7?! I will absolutely and most definitely read it!


  2. Michelle Isenhoff July 18, 2013 at 10:39 am #

    I read the first two Sir Nathan books, and I don’t have quite as high an opinion as you. They are certainly funny, age appropriate, and clean–all of which I appreciate. My boys really enjoyed them. But I felt like both books needed a session with a good editor.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks July 18, 2013 at 12:07 pm #

      I know 🙂 I read your review and you are always fair and honest (and your boys have good taste 😉 I just love the humor in Mr Smith’s books and that they are just totally silly stories. You are right too – any book can be better when an editor reads it!


  3. Catherine Johnson July 18, 2013 at 12:31 pm #

    I love the sound of this so much I’m going to buy it a.s.a.p. thanks, Erik!


  4. rnewman504 July 18, 2013 at 1:03 pm #

    Great review! I am going to pick up the books for my son. They sound like a very fun read.


  5. LovableLobo July 18, 2013 at 2:02 pm #

    Love the pic of you and the large mouthed bass! Tell me, do you always wear a name tag when you go fishing? : ) Nice review, too!


  6. ontheplumtree July 18, 2013 at 2:07 pm #

    I love this picture of you Erik! Looks like a great catch. And Wow! You really loved that book!


  7. Diane M. Robinson July 18, 2013 at 3:17 pm #

    I love this series! Mark Simon Smith is a great author, and Sir Nathan is a smiting-dandy knight. I reviewed the first two books and thought they absolutely wonderful.

    Oh, and Erik, you have great fishing skills.


  8. laurimeyers July 18, 2013 at 4:08 pm #

    Wow, that’s a bass! And this sounds like a great series too.


  9. Patricia Tilton July 18, 2013 at 7:13 pm #

    What a fun book! I like the heart message too. Everything important to us comes from within. Great bass! 🙂


  10. Aunt India July 18, 2013 at 8:25 pm #

    You are an awesome fisherman : )


  11. Mark Simon Smith July 18, 2013 at 8:28 pm #

    Once again, I thank you for the kind words, Erik! You make me blush. And, 7 out of 5 stars! I can’t do any better than that. I’ll pass on word to my illustrator that you want even more illustrations and put him to work.


  12. Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews July 19, 2013 at 1:55 am #

    That photo is awesome! Love it! 🙂


  13. Julie Grasso July 19, 2013 at 2:01 am #

    7 Stars, Wow, I don’t think I have ever seen you give 7 stars, fantastic. It sounds like another great add to the enormous TBR pile. Awesome fishing prowess too, did you eat it….


  14. Cathy Ballou Mealey July 19, 2013 at 9:43 am #

    Wow! Photo proof of your fish means you’d never tell a whopper. Therefore giving SEVEN bookworms can’t be an exaggeration either. Great work!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks July 20, 2013 at 8:30 am #

      Thanks! I also caught 5 channel catfish, 6 perch, 17 sunnies and 21 minnows! 😉


  15. readingwithrhythm July 19, 2013 at 2:57 pm #

    Wow! Great fish! And thanks for the picture! This sounds like one crazy book! It sure must be a good one! I’ll have to check it out! Thanks Erik!


  16. Elle Carter Neal July 20, 2013 at 6:57 am #

    Great photo of you! Congrats on the catch.

    My son’s only four, but I think I might get these books and put them away for him later. They sound very funny.


  17. KidLitReviews July 21, 2013 at 12:10 pm #

    I won’t ask why the name tag. This is a great series by Mark. He has a great talent for writing silly and have it all make sense. And his characters are terrific. I would love to see an illustration of a whale in a walker-mechanism. Just trying to picture this makes me laugh.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks July 22, 2013 at 4:42 pm #

      I love these books! You should get this book if you want to see Kale the Whale in his walker-mechanism! 😀



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