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The Misadventures of Hobart Hucklebuck

by Stan Swanson
ISBN: 978-0-9787925-2-7
200 pages, Paperback and Hard Cover

1st Printing: October 2007
Retail price: $9.95 (paperback) $16.95 (hard cover)

The Misadventures of Hobart Hucklebuck is the first juvenile fantasy book to be released from Stony Meadow Publishing. Aimed at the 8-11 year old audience, the book is the first in a scheduled series featuring Hobart Hucklebuck and his friends in the amazing setting of Pennywhistle in a little magic shop on Druid Lane.


Things are not as they should be in Pennywhistle. Enchanted toasters are not toasting, enchanted sprinklers are not sprinkling and Hobart Hucklebuckís origami messenger birds are suddenly attacking him. Someone seems to be draining the power from all of the enchanted items in the village. But who could it be and why have they implicated Hobartís grandfather? The Misadventures of Hobart Hucklebuck follows Hobart and his friends, Specks Spacklethack and Rosie Rumpleskirt, as they try to solve this mystery and free Hobartís grandfather from the Tower of Tribulation on Mumblemonk Mountain. The trioís investigation into the mysterious happenings on Druid Lane gets them into hot water more than once and ultimately brings them dangerously close to disaster not only for themselves, but the entire village of Pennywhistle.


"What a fun read! Stan Swanson has spun a clever, imaginative tale in a fantastical world that is at the same time marvelously grounded in human relationships that young readers will identify with. From his disheveled red hair to his cat phobia, Hobart Hucklebuck is a memorable main character who possesses an 'every kid' quality that makes it easy to root for him as he uses his clumsy magic to seek the truth and fight a frightening villain. The Misadventures of Hobart Hucklebuck will keep readers captivated through the final page and voracious for more."
--Jenni Hadden (Freelance Writer/Editor) Arvada, CO

"I know so many children to whom I am going to recommend this book. The author's descriptions and attention to detail allow readers to learn about the inhabitants of Pennywhistle and see inside the shops on Druid Lane. It's misadventure mixed with merriment and mystery. Stan Swanson brings humor into the story from page one and the funny moments in this book make what is already a page-turner of a book even better."

-- Tanya Boudreau (Curled Up With A Good Book)

As author Stan Swanson clearly notes in an opening quotation for this book, "The Universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper" (Eden Phillpotts, English science-fiction writer). With Hobart Hucklebuck leading the way, children should find their imaginations going full tilt - and enjoying the experiences immensely! As Hobart and his friends try to solve the mystery, young readers' hearts will race and they'll be eager to finish this one. I'd consider this an excellent choice for any youngster able to handle Chapter books and it isn't overly long either. Chapter titles are very creative, as is the entire book. For those who feel they MUST throw in a little education along with a good read, you'll find plenty of examples of alliteration in this one (Great Gobs of Gollygobber is one example) as well as a unique writing style. There is also humor and wonderful characters. For those too young to handle Harry Potter, this is an excellent alternative, just the thing to spark young imaginations and provide a rollicking fun time as well.

-- K. Corn (Indianapolis, IN)


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