Saturday, March 28, 2015

Book Review : Nickerbacher, The Funniest Dragon

What does it take to make your dreams come true?  Passion?  Practice?  A willingness to defy your natural duty?  For one loveable dragon, all this and more!  Come meet author Terry John Barto’s newest character in Nickerbacher, The Funniest Dragon, a 34 page color illustrated book with an SRP of $15.15 breathing fun for children ages 5-8 March 23, 2015. Nickerbacher will also be available as an eBook with the download price of  $3.99.

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!

With beautiful illustrations by Kim Sponaugle, Nickerbacher, The Funniest Dragon encourages young ones to dream big while laughing at Nickerbacher's silly jokes!

Nickerbacher, The Funniest Dragon is 34 pages and is available for a suggested retail price of $15.15. To order or for more information please visit  Nickerbacher, The Funniest Dragon is also for sale at or  and available for download as an eBook.

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). For more information about Terry John Barto, please visit

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.  Visit

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My thoughts:

What a cute book!  My seven year old son  and I laughed at the jokes Nickerbacher told in this book as we read it together.  Not only once but three times we read it, and I am sure we will be reading again.

Nickerbacher isn't your everyday, guard the princess kind of dragon.  He wanted to become a comedian.  Although his father tells him that dragons are supposed to protect the princess.  But Nickerbacher still wanted to become a comedian.  So Nickerbacher follows his dream and becomes a very funny dragon in the city.

The illustrations in this book are colorful and cute.  A definite must read for children. A great message that if you do want to do something, follow your dreams.  Nothing is impossible.


Janet W. said...

I like those Door Hangers! My grandsons would like to color the coloring sheet!

VickeC said...

my grandsons would really enjoy this

Sandra Watts said...

I think I bought this last week for my grand kids. Have not read it yet but plan to.

Elyse said...

Looks like a good book.

Carol L. said...

What an adorable book. My grandsons who are 7 & 8 would love thisbecause it's about a Dragon. Cute door hangers too. If you read it with your son three times that means it's awesome. :) Thanks for the review.
Carol L
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denise low said...

My grandson would love to read this book.

alissa apel said...

I really like dragons.

momo said...

This book would make a great bedtime story to read to my grandson.

Jennifer Herman said...

This looks like it would be a really cute book.

Jerry Marquardt said...

This looks like a funny tale, I am sure it will catch on with my nephew.