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In this early chapter book, Nickerbacher strives to achieve his dream of being a stand-up comedian. As Nickerbacher’s journey unfolds, young readers will get to experience what happens as he pulls out all the stops to be successful and be encouraged to reach for their dreams too.

This book is aimed at helping kids understand that it’s okay to be yourself. Find your own truth and honesty will get you far in life. It also includes the theme that differences make us unique. Not being the same could be an asset and that could change the world for the better.

Ages 7-10 Juvenile Fiction – Early Chapter Books


Nickerbacher, The Funniest Dragon

Nickerbacher, The Funniest Dragon is author Terry John Barto’s amusing book that follows Nickerbacher, who is the only dragon who wants to make people laugh. And in the process, he encourages everyone to be themselves and be a prime example in the world.

Today’s children are involved with many after-school activities, sports teams, and the latest video games. For kids to voluntarily read books, the story has to be compelling and believable. The characters have to face challenges to overcome and learn to make decisions for themselves. Nickerbacher has a big decision to face. He knows what his papa wants and doesn’t want to disappoint, but he has his own dreams.

This is a fun, modern fairy tale that tells the story of an unusual dragon. There has never been a children’s book about a dragon who wants to be a comedian. Nickerbacher does Nickerbacher and because of that, it’s a story that kids can relate to. Also, there is a camaraderie between Nickerbacher, Princess Gwendolyn, and Prince Happenstance, and heartfelt love between Nickerbacher and his parents.

Feathered Quill Book Awards says: Nickerbacher, The Funniest Dragon is a unique twist on the theme of staying true to your dreams.

Ages 4-8 Juvenile Fiction – Picture Books