Nobbin, the youngest of the smelly Swill brothers is not happy with his lot as a dung farmer! Just as his father rejects his invention for a more hands-off approach to the original dirty job the discovery of a ring and a fortuitous dunk into troll-infested waters changes Nobbin's life forever. A cast of fairy tale characters, a mystery and just enough giggle inducing dung references make this a strong (not in the smelly sense) and original read for early middle readers!
— Janice Penner
Fall 2019 Kids Indie Next List
“Poor Nobbin Swill feels trapped in the dung pit he farms for the king until the fateful day he happens upon the royal signet ring gleaming through the waste. Thus begins the series of misadventures that lead to his involvement in a missing persons case. Well-crafted and enchantingly illustrated, this new take on oft-encountered characters like the witch, troll, stepmother, and prince will defy expectations and upend any fairy tale tropes. Crumbled! is sure to be a hit with young readers seeking a fresh new series.”
— Alexa McGuinness, The Bookman, Grand Haven, MI
An Indie Next pick! A 2020 Kansas Notable Book selection!
This hilarious middle grade series with color illustrations throughout is The Sisters Grimm meets Shrek!
For Nobbin Swill, life is no fairy tale. His family has been the king's royal dung farmers for generations. It's a stinky job and someone has to do it, but Nobbin doesn't want to spend his whole life as a dung farmer.
On a dark, cloudy night, Nobbin catches a flicker of moonlight glimmering off something in the dung. It could be a button or a buckle, something that might fetch him a coin from the shoemaker. But it turns out to be a very valuable ring--the king's ring, and one that could offer Nobbin a life free from dung!
But Nobbin isn't a thief and would never steal from the king, so he makes his way to the castle. When he tries to return the ring, things only become more complicated, and he ends up having to help the hapless Prince Charming solve a mystery when the woodcutter's children--Gretel, and her younger brother, Hansel--go missing. Will the two be able to solve the case? Children will enjoy this hilarious mystery, with two-color illustrations throughout by author/illustrator Lisa Harkrader!
About the Author
Lisa Harkrader grew up in a small town that, to her disappointment, was not magical, enchanted, or populated by trolls. Luckily, she found the town library and its magical books brimming with enchanted beings. Luckier still, she grew up to be a writer and now creates enchanted worlds for other readers. Lisa Harkrader's first novel was Airball: My Life in Briefs. She wrote and illustrated her last two novels, The Adventures of Beanboy and Cool Beans: The Further Adventures of Beanboy. She lives with her family in Kansas.
Lisa Harkrader's Crumbled! is funny, fast-paced, and about dung. Or to be precise, dung farmers in the Middle Ages. . . . Grown-ups will chuckle at the clever asides and youngsters will love the rollicking adventure. — Christian Science Monitor