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Very Highly Recommended (Midwest Book Review)

Screen Shot 2013-12-17 at 12.07.54 AMNicely illustrated with occasional full-color images, “The Crowded Kingdom” is a deftly written and thoroughly entertaining modern fairytale adventure that will fire the imagination of young readers and hold their full attention from beginning to end. “The Crowded Kingdom” is very highly recommended for school and community library fantasy collections.

♥♥♥♥♥ Five fairies out of five! (Samantha Colville, Sammy The Bookworm,

This is a great middle grade story that can also appeal to a wider audience. I would personally recommend picking it up for siblings to read together. There’s mystery and adventure and who doesn’t love an elf named Kiwi? There are laughs and gasps and everything in between by the end of this family fun story. And the sister, sister relationship is priceless.

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♥♥♥♥ I never wanted The Crowded Kingdom to end. This is an excellent choice for anyone who loves the fantasy genre, especially if they’re interested in a modern twist on old legends.   (Long and Short Reviews,

What makes The Crowded Kingdom something I plan to read over and over again is the unforgettable imagery in it. From the creative explanation of why it’s sometimes so difficult for humans to walk up steps to the truth about what really happened to dragons over the last millennium, I chuckled my way through this engrossing adventure.

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♥♥♥♥♥ Magic is peeking out everywhere (Karen Heuler, author and O. Henry Award winner):

The problem with this book is that you’ll never be able to walk down the streets of Brooklyn or Manhattan again without noticing all the magical wildlife.

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♥♥♥♥♥ Fantastic Book for Children (Vanessa Vallely, WeAreTheCity CEO and Author of “Heels of Steel”)

What a lovely little book this is. As a frequent visitor to the US and Central Park, I don’t believe I will ever walk through Central Park again without thinking about this book.

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♥♥♥♥ “I bought this book at the Brooklyn Book Festival, and I am so very glad I did.” (Christine Ditzel, Readerly Musings)

The two sisters also have a great love for each other, even when one annoys the other, and it’s so nice to read about their sisterly bond and see that siblings don’t always have to fight with, mock, out-do, or betray the other, as sometimes seems to be the case in different books I’ve read. Instead, for the entirety of the story, the girls are united in their quest to return to their normal size, their interest in the magical world, and their want to help their newfound friends.  San Juan created an incredible world in The Crowded Kingdom, one that is not so far removed from our own, but that we fail to realize is there.  I recommend this book to anyone looking to experience a different kind of magic and fun, whether in New York City or in general. As you’re reading, just remember this book was written for children, because, as Jada and Jinny realize, “elves and children have very much in common.”

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♥♥♥♥♥ A Wonderful Story (MontclairmomReader):

“Buy this book; share it with your kids. I read it with my son, who is nine, and the two of us found ourselves getting lost in its magic every night.”
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♥♥♥♥ I was pulled in by the fairy tale twists and turns.   (Nickie Anderson, “Nickie Anderson’s Blog Spot”):

Louella created a rambling, roving fantasy tale, less focused on swashbuckling and more focused on exploration. It put me to mind of older children’s fantasy, like Edith Nesbit’s ‘The Enchanted Castle‘…   It’s a wonderful children’s fantasy…

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♥♥♥♥   I Liked It! (Crystal Crichlow, Author of “Winter Rose”):

“This book took my imagination on a roller coaster ride. I found myself envisioning the world the author created and only a great writing style could accomplish this in a novel. This book is great for children, but I think that adults will also enjoy it.”  Click here to read more…

♥♥♥♥Fantastic Book! (Chris Robertshaw):

If you like The Chronicles of Narnia, Harry Potter, or Alice in Wonderland, you will enjoy this adventure.  Click here to read more...

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♥♥♥♥♥ The Crowded Kingdom (E-man D-zone):

“…I found the book a very easy read and highly entertaining. If you have a penchant for imagination and have ever wondered whether there is hidden “magic” in the world around us, this is a book for you.”

♥♥♥♥♥ Magical! (WhirlyJ):

“…As a kid, I can recommend this book to kids because you can relate to the characters, but it still feels like you are in a different world.”

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