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Young readers will identify with the sad-eyed main character from the start—a dragon named Nickerbacher who’s guarding an imprisoned princess “because his papa told him to.” As he does so, however, he practices his jokes on her, as he yearns to be a stand-up comedian. Most of them involve clever wordplay: “Why did it take me forever to cross the road?…Because I’m always a-draggin.” Just as Gwendolyn tells him… { read more » }

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Writer’s Digest Awards

1st Place Winner

I was immediately charmed and drawn in by Nickerbacher, the Funniest Dragon from the second I laid eyes on it. What a great find! The illustrations are top notch and the color and detail will be both fun and visually pleasing to all the children who get the chance to catch this clever adventure. As to the plot line, who wouldn’t love a comedian Dragon? I mean, why didn’t I think of this one? What a fun premise and it is really well carried out by an author with a fantastic voice. Children (and adults) will love following Nickerbacher’s story and will be rooting for him til the end. The author certainly has a knack for this genre. The perfect voice and writing style for the children’s market. Keeping their short attention spans in check will be no problem with this one. As to the technical side, the book is outstanding in every way. I think this will make the perfect addition to any family’s library and will soon become a favorite among children everywhere. This has the makings of a true classic.

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Judith Nasse

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I couldn’t resist reviewing this humorous, lively picture book that doesn’t want me to put it down. I haven’t been so much into comedy per se in my life, but this book is making me change my mind. I am into dragons of course as my MA thesis was based on an unpublished picture book about the courage of dragons…{ read more » }

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Heather Janssen

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Back when I started my blog I had the pleasure of reviewing the children s book Gollywood Here I Come! I loved it! I also loved corresponding with the author Terry John Barto. He is a down to earth awesome guy with a big heart. When I heard that he had another book about a Dragon coming out… I could not wait to get my hands on that book! I also thought it would be cool to do a Q& A with Terry for my blog. { read more » }

source: https://thecraftymommyblog.com/interview-with-author-terry-john-barto


Norm Goldman

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Director and choreographer Terry John Barto teams up with illustrator Kim Sponaugle to present a lively inspiring picture-book about a a dragon named Nickerbacher that dreams about becoming a stand-up comic. There is much to love in Nickerbacher The Funniest Dragon with not only its simple prose but also its humorous and colorful images that do a fantastic job in keeping…{ read more » }

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BlueInk Review

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Author Terry John Barto delivers another charming picture book that celebrates big dreams and demonstrates the importance of following your heart in Nickerbacher, the Funniest Dragon. Overall, Barto has delivered a fun, read-aloud worthy story deserving of a standing ovation. { read more » }

source: http://www.blueinkreview.com/nickerbacher/


Family Review Center

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Incredibly entertaining, and as enchanting as it is whimsical… The brilliance of this author is evident as he displays a warm charm in authoring children’s books. I know this will be one that will make you smile, make you chuckle and will have you coming back to be reminded once again of how you enjoyed it the first time. { read more » }

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Readers’ Favorite

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The characters’ expressions are fabulous, especially Nickerbacher, whose bushy eyebrows are exceptional. Adults will have a marvelous time reading this story and sharing the pictures during storytelling sessions, but it’s also a great book for young readers. Nickerbacher: The Funniest Dragon is most highly recommended. { read more » }

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The Children’s Book Review

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The deft, funny and charming tale is matched by Kim Sponaugle’s rich and colorful illustrations. Kids and parents will laugh out loud and appreciate the book’s positive message. Terry John Barto’s Nickerbacher is sure to bring the house down! { read more » }

source: http://www.thechildrensbookreview.com/nickerbacher/


Portland Book Review

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After reviewing many adult themed books, I was glad to take a step back and review a children’s book. I throughly enjoyed it! As I was reading this, I could easily hear the different voices that would and should bring them all to life. Another thing that popped out at me were the illustrations…{ read more » }

source: http://portlandbookreview.com/nickerbacher/


ForeWord Reviews

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Chock full of humor and enchanting illustrations, this captivating picture book is sure to entertain and inspire. A fairy tale for independent dreamers, Nickerbacher, The Funniest Dragon, by Terry John Barto, is a lighthearted mix of bravery, kindness, and family, bringing together a knight, a princess, and a modern-minded dragon with aspirations for success in the big city. The award-winning Nickerbacher, colorfully illustrated by Kim Sponaugle, is sure to entertain and inspire. { read more » }

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Feathered Quill

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Nickerbacher: The Funniest Dragon is probably the most unique rendition on the ‘reach for your dreams’ story I’ve read. I love how the author took a creature normally portrayed as fierce and dangerous and turned him into a lovable friend (to both the princess and the reader) who wanted nothing more than to be happy. Young readers will get to see what happens when Nickerbacher reaches for the stars (and his dream) and will be encouraged to reach for their dreams too. Overall, a very enjoyable story that teaches an important lesson. { read more » }

source: http://www.featheredquill.com/reviews/childrens/barto/


Literary Classics

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Nickerbacher the Funniest Dragon, by Terry John Barto, is an enchanting tale about family, friendship, duty and dreams. Interspersed with funny jokes, as told by Nickerbacher, this book is sure to inspire children to follow their destiny while honoring family. Expressive and whimsical illustrations by Kim Sponaugle are perfectly paired with this lovely book which will entertain and delight young readers. { read more » }

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