Monday, April 9

BDJ Review ~ Stout Hearts and Whizzing Biscuits



Stout Hearts and Whizzing Biscuits
by Daniel McInerny

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Stout Hearts & Whizzing Biscuits - Daniel McInerny




Synopsis:  (From Amazon)

When Oliver Stoop, age 11, moves with his family to a remote piece of land in northern Indiana, he soon discovers that someone is already living there - an entire kingdom of someones, in fact. These are the good citizens of Patria, a secret land founded by refugees from the Trojan War who sailed across the Atlantic in a reconfigured Trojan Horse - 3,000 years ago!

For Oliver, Patria is a land of wonders - and for the first time in his life, friendship. There's young Prince Farnsworth Vesuvius, inventor of the Magna-Pneumatic Whizzing Biscuit Blaster, and his formidable sister, Princess Rose, whose inedible, stone-hard biscuits provide the blaster's ammunition. But there's also the rest of the eccentric and lovable Patrian Royal Family, the boy warriors in the Potawatomi Indian Camp, not to mention the Viking kids from the Geat Village, newcomers to the area who only arrived 1,000 years ago.

Yet when the noble Knights of the Blue Sock threaten to drive off the Stoops by force of arms, Oliver has to decide where his loyalties lie, and whether he has the courage to undertake the quest that is both Patria's, and his family's, last, best hope of peace.

Join Oliver now as he discovers a new world of fun and excitement right in his backyard!

What Did I Think?  

I decided to read this one myself because my son at 13 is just a bit too old and my daughter at 7 is just a bit too young for it. This is a quick fantastical tale of land dispute. Not just any dispute but the kind with Parlay and possible declarations of war. While I don't think adults are the right audience for the book there are some great things about this story for kids:

It is a great way to introduce basic civics. Talk about vocabulary; President, treaty, King. As a homeschooling mom, I love to find stories that offer great opportunities for discussion. To really understand the story, you have to understand a few things about international relations.

History! While the history is altered some, you do get a great story about the Trojan Horse. Kids love being able to relate things they learn to things they have read before.

FUN! The story might have all that great knowledge contained its pages, we don't have to tell the kids that! They will learn without even realizing it while reading the tale of a boy who sets out to bring peace between his father and the Kingdom of Patria.

Overall, I think this is a good story for kids. My personal age recommendation is about 8-10. The hero of the story happens to be 11. This is the start of a series for kids and the next book was just released! Make sure to check out the books website for all sorts of extra content!

BOTTOM LINE: Fun children’s story with great educational undertones.


The Book has a great website with lots of extra content! Click Below to check it out!

Kingdom of Patria 

Buy it Now: (Clicking the cover below takes you to Amazon)

Source: From the Author for Review


  1. This sounds cute! It's good that it has some good educational value too. Thanks for the great review. I love this Books Devoured Jr. feature!! :)

    1. Thanks Amy!! I am so glad to hear that!! I have some great reviews coming up for it!! My son is reading The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom and I am reading Breadcrumbs. I am going to try an read Neversink with my daughter too. All of those are Walden Pond Press books, I love them!!

  2. Hi Shannon,

    Thanks for the compliments on the website, which we helped create alongside the author Daniel.

    Ever since we received his book (s) all of us have been hooked on his series. You have a great blog here and I'll be sure to check out your other reviews!


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