Nickerbacher: The Funniest Dragon by Terry John Barto

Welcome to Saturday Shorts, in which we review shorter works such as short stories, novellas, middle-grade books, and graphic novels. Today, it’s my first review of a kid’s book! This is an exciting and short read that a lot of children will love!

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

nickerbacherTitleNickerbacher: The Funniest Dragon
AuthorTerry John Barto
Illustrator: Kim Sponaugle
Series: stand-alone
Publish Date: January 21, 2015
Genre: Children’s fantasy
Source: From where you got the book

Publisher’s Description: A dragon named Nickerbacher guards a princess “because his papa told him to.” However, he practices his jokes on Princess Gwendolyn, as he yearns to be a stand-up comedian. The young dragon gets up the nerve to tell his papa about his dream and is sternly reminded of his dragonly duty. Later that day, Prince Happenstance arrives for the princess and repeatedly challenges the dragon to fight. The opponents manage to find common ground and Nickerbacher leaves for the big city to pursue his dream.

Nickerbacher is the only dragon who wants to make people laugh. And in the process, he encourages the prince (and kids) to be themselves and follow their dreams.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.

Kat_Mandu_100Kat Mandu says…

Nickerbacher is a dragon who guards a feisty young princess and defends her from princes who try to rescue her. But despite his father’s wishes, Nickerbacher would rather perform stand-up comedy rather than guard a princess.

So one day, he gets the opportunity to do just that. Nickerbacher, the Princess, and an unlucky prince go on an adventure in hopes of getting an audition for The Late Knight Show. But of course, dragons are perceived to be dangerous and at first, they don’t think giving him an audition is necessarily a good idea. Still, Nickerbacher knows he’s got talent (if he can get a new set of jokes) and on the big night, he slays the audience with his real, humorous self.

badge4v5This is cute and I love the illustrations. And sadly, I know it’s a kid’s book but I was still hoping the story would be a little bit longer and that his jokes at the end would be more than just two pages. But it got a few giggles out of me for sure.

Other recommendations…

I don’t read many children’s books under middle-grade, so I don’t have many recommendations on that level. However, if you like talking dragons, feisty princesses, and adorable plots, I really hope you’ll check out the Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia Wrede.

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.


About Kat Mandu

I'm an urban fantasy and young-adult paranormal writer. I love to cook, rock out to music, and read as much as I can get my hands on. Always believe in your dreams and pursue them no matter what the cost. If you believe in it, it's worth every chance you take.

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