Dragons are magical. Some are ferocious, some are friendly, and some are silly, but whatever kind of dragon it is, we love reading about them and their incredible adventures. Nickerbacher is a very special dragon. He wants to make his family proud of him, but he doesn’t want to be like all the other dragons. He’s afraid to tell his papa that there are enough dragons to guard princesses. What Nickerbacher wants more than anything in the world is to make people happy. He wants to be a comedian who makes people laugh, but his papa doesn't seems to understand. Even though his friends Princess Gwendolyn and Prince Happenstance think there’s something strange about a dragon who doesn’t want to guard princesses, they support his dream. Will Nickerbacher abide by his dragonly duty or follow his dream of being a stand-up comedian?
In one scene, Nickerbacher asks Prince Happenstance if he ever had a dream. Dreams and goals are important for everyone. Kids want to please their parents, but parents also want their children to follow their dreams. Nickerbacher learns to talk to his father and ultimately, his father loves him enough to understand. Nickerbacher, the funniest dragon has a message about diversity, friendship, and acceptance. The story shows how friends and families can encourage and support us when we are following our dreams.
Terry John Barto is a director and choreographer of 200+ regional theater productions, industrials, television, and cruise ship shows throughout the United States and abroad. As creative director for Wings of Dreams Productions, he honed diverse ideas into compelling stories, wrote screenplays for animation features, and inspired a team of artists to develop dolls and action figures. He lives in Los Angeles, California and enjoys Pilates, Yoga, and hiking with his dachshund, Mazie. Terry John Barto is also the author of Gollywood, Here I Come! Please go to gollywoodhereicome.com and tjbkids.com for more information.
His dad has him guarding the princess in her castle but he really wants to be a comedian. After all, the princess thinks he's really funny. She tells him he should do what makes him happy...
The author graciously shared a copy of this book and his activity kit with me for review (thank you). It has been published and you can find a copy HERE and the activity kit is HERE.
The story is fun to read and talks about following your dreams and beliefs. I did that, that's why I'm reviewing books and selling them, too. Books are precious to me.
This little dragon loves telling jokes and finds that once he breaks the ice with humans, they like hearing his jokes, too.
Kim Sponaugle has done sweet, whimsical illustrations that are very colorful and fun to examine. The activity kit gives your child several activities to do based on the story. There's a maze, you can draw your own map, there's a word scramble, and there's even door hangers for their rooms. That's a nice touch. There's a "put in order" page where they decide the order of the events in the book. The last page is for coloring and with the bright colors shown in the book you can tell that will be fun.
This is a great present for the little one in your life. Nothing is so much as fun as reading a book to them or letting them read it to you. If you're nice, they might even let you color with them.
Jo Ann Hakola