I received the book Nickerbacher, The Funniest Dragon for review on my dad blog. The book was written by Terry John Barto and illustrated by Kim Sponaugle. I read the book to my six-year old son, and we both liked the book. The story is about a fire-breathing dragon that wants to be a stand-up comedian. However, the book is really about being who you want to be instead of what you are expected to be. I think that message is something most parents will appreciate it. Nickerbacher, The Funniest Dragon (Author House) is available now. The 34-page book has a list price of $15.15, but you can currently purchase it on Amazon for $13.64. The Kindle version is $3.99.
About Nickerbacher, The Funniest Dragon
Nickerbacher is a sweet-tempered, bushy-browed beast who spends his days guarding Princess Gwendolyn and dreams of being a stand-up comic — not exactly a profession for a dragon! He’s true to his duty as a dragon — as dictated by his Papa — but wants only to make the world laugh. Gwendolyn is supportive and encouraging, telling him he needs to do what makes him happy. It isn’t until the dashing Prince Happenstance comes along, ready for a fight, that they realize that instead of battling each other, they should do what’s in their hearts and pursue their true desires (the Prince really wants to be a baseball pitcher). With a winning set at The Comedy Castle and his family’s newfound support and pride, it’s all laughter, happiness and dreams come true for the good-natured dragon!
About the Author
Terry John Barto has crafted dances and musical staging for more than 200 productions throughout the United States and abroad. His versatility ranges from Annie and Crazy For You to The Who’s Tommy and West Side Story. Terry staged long-running shows for Princess Cruises and a variety of his choreography has been seen on CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful. As the Creative Director for Wings of Dreams Productions, he turned diverse ideas into screenplays for animation and toys. He has also written another children’s book Gollywood, Here I Come! (Mom’s Choice Award Winner and Story Monster Approved).
About the Illustrator
Kim Sponaugle, a graduate or the Art Institute of Philadelphia, started Pictures Kitchen Studios in 2007 and since has illustrated over 50 books for kids. Pictures Kitchen Studios has been honored to receive numerous awards including Mom’s Choice, Pinnacle Book Award, CIPA EVVY and Reader’s Favorite Awards.
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