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 (Amazon)
So, exciting, fun, funny, well written, touching, and very thoughtfully and carefully crafted – so, so much more than expected and very satisfying.
Pop Bop (Amazon)
Stan is a great writer. This book was a joy to read. I couldn’t put it down. I love the characters and the world that Stan created. It has some great twists and turns. Middle-grade genre readers will really love this book. I recommend that it be added to your TBR list. I look forward to reading more of Stan’s books.
Diane Riggins (A Creative Mind)
This is a fun book for both adults and children. I very much enjoyed it.
Casia Courtier (60 Seconds or More)
I think this is a good book for younger readers. It’s a creative world with engaging, young characters who I found easy to relate to. I’d probably check out a sequel to this book some time in the future.
Sarah (Ink of Blood)
Fans of children’s fantasy and children not quite ready for Harry Potter but wanting to read a fantasy novel will find “The Misadventures of Hobart Hucklebuck” to be an interesting and enjoyable addition to their collection of fantasy books. I think most readers will be longing for the next entry in the series.
Lonnie Holder (Amazon)
Middle grade and upper elementary readers will surely delight: girls in the magical environment, boys in his adventures and the silly names of people and objects. Altogether, Hobart’s misadventures are winners.
Mallory Anne-Marie Forbes (Mallory Heart Reviews)
With “The Misadventures of Hobart Hucklebuck,” Stan Swanson opens up a whole new fantasy world to youngsters who aren’t quite old enough for Harry Potter or “A Wrinkle In Time.” Swanson knows his audience very well and will most likely attract the bulk of his readership from the nine to twelve year-old demographic. Comparisons to Harry Potter (and possibly Encyclopedia Brown) are inevitable, but it appears that Swanson has no plans on invading J.K. Rowling’s territory. He’s merely setting up a whole new generation of readers for fantasies such as the Potter series, Madeleine L’Engle’s wonderful books and the “Narnia” books as well.
Keith Fontenot (Amazon)
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)
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)
I really enjoyed this fun and thrilling story. Fast paced and flow is wonderful. I enjoyed the whimsical writing in this book. I am buying this book for my daughter. I thought it was fun and fast read with wonderful characters and amazing moral lessons and family values .
Karen (Broad-Minded Books)
The tale of Hobart Hucklebuck was a cute tale that is perfect for a young reader looking for a magical adventure. The Misadventures of Hobart Hucklebuck is the perfect summer read for the kid in love with magic and adventure. It is adorable, funny, and is a great tale of friendship and loyalty.
Danielle Young (Consuming Worlds)
My son (9) enjoyed reading this book, many parts aloud. He laughed at several points and said the names were silly (in a good way). I found the story entertaining and written in a way to capture and keep the attention of the young readers. I recommend this to all libraries and households with children of all ages. This makes a great read-out-loud book as well. We both agree this deserves five out of five stars.
Jenn S. (Book Reviews and Giveaways)
This book was a fantastic read and spoke volumes about friendship and loyalty. A wonderful middle grades book, and right in time as a reminder for the upcoming school year.
Charlie Anderson (Girl of 1000 Wonders)
Recommended for young readers, who will surely get a thrill from the colorful characters with names like Spacklethack and Rumpleskirt, the weird sounding menu items, and the thrilling action of the penultimate chapter.
Amanda Richards (Amazon)