Review: Thimblerig’s Ark by Nate Fleming

Thimblerig's ArkThimblerig’s Ark by Nate Fleming

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Thimblerig’s Ark

You already know about Noah. Just wait until you read the animal’s story.

Thimblerig is a little groundhog with big problems.
He’s a loner con-artist who’s losing his mojo; the wild dogs who run the forest harass him at every turn; he’s having vivid nightmares of apocalyptic floods; and worst of all, he believes he sees unicorns when everyone knows unicorns are only the stuff of legend.
But what one animal might call a problem, Thimblerig calls an opportunity.
In a moment of inspiration, he comes up with the ultimate con: persuade as many suckers as he can that a world-ending flood is coming; the fabled unicorns have told him where the only safe place will be; and only he can lead them to safety.
All for a reasonable price, of course.
When the flood really does come, Thimblerig has a choice: either save the ones who trusted him, or lose everything.
And that’s when he discovers that his problems have only just begun.


Thimblerig’s Ark is a great story about redemption and selflessness. It is similar to the Chronicles of Narnia, and kept me constantly reminded of the land of Narnia and the Talking Beasts, but at the same time it was amazingly original and thoroughly enjoyable.


I though the characters were very well developed. Thimblerig is an especially interesting main character. Raised by his unicorn-believing groundmother (I love this play on groundhog and grandmother!), he was a believer as a child, but as an adult he dismissed it as nonsense and became a con-man. The flashbacks to his childhood were well done and showed us a part of him and helped us understand his actions in a way we may not have otherwise. We saw into the other characters’ personalities only briefly, but it was enough to distinguish them from each other and give them individuality.


The plot was amazing!! It was in some ways like the story of Noah and the Ark from the Bible, but at the same time was so different that it kept me interested in the story. It’s similarities to The Chronicles of Narnia were also evident, but not glaringly or in a way that made me think, ‘wow, he really ripped off Narnia!’ It was refreshing to read a book so much like one of my favorite series, but that was still so original and unique at the same time.

Overall thoughts

This was a great read, it kept me interested and I was completely invested in the story! I know it’s a children’s book, and I can no longer give myself that title, but I still loved it. I can’t really praise it any more than to say it was a completely original story that reminded me of Narnia. My only complaint is that I wanted more! I am earnestly hoping for a prequel that gives the complete story of the time of the unicorns.
That’s another reason to read it; I mean, seriously, UNICORNS!!!!

Would I recommend it? Yes, definitely, to everyone!
Would I let my kids read it? I will read it to them in their cradles!

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.
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