New Children’s Book Introduces ‘Nickerbacher, The Funniest Dragon’

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Terry John Barto’s modern fairy tale sends message of self-acceptance, following one’s dreams.

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Theater director and children’s author Terry John Barto weaves a modern fairytale about a dragon who wants to be a stand-up comedian in his new book, “Nickerbacher, The Funniest Dragon” (published by AuthorHouse).

Nickerbacher is a very special dragon. He doesn’t want to be like all the other dragons who guard princesses. More than anything in the world, Nickerbacher wants to be a comedian who makes people laugh.

Princess Gwendolyn, the princess Nickerbacher’s father expects him to guard, and Prince Happenstance, the prince who comes for the princess, encourage Nickerbacher to pursue his goal. But Nickerbacher’s father is appalled and commands him to guard the princess anyway. Nickerbacher must decide whether he will abide by his dragon-ly duty or follow his dream, even if it means displeasing his papa.

"I wanted to write about following your passion in life," Barto says. "I'm trying to convey to be true to yourself and follow your heart."

The author invites readers to his websites and

Nickerbacher, The Funniest Dragon
By Terry John Barto
Softcover | 8.5 x 11 in | 34 pages | ISBN 9781496954541
E-Book | 34 pages | ISBN 9781496954565
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Terry John Barto has directed and choreographed more than 200 regional theater productions. He was the creative mind behind numerous television and cruise ship live shows throughout the world. As the creative director for Wings of Dreams Productions, he turned diverse ideas into screenplays for animation. He was also responsible for developing popular action figures for several large retailers. He is the author of the children’s books “Gollywood, Here I Come!” and “Nickerbacher, The Funniest Dragon.”

AuthorHouse, an Author Solutions, LLC self-publishing imprint, is a leading provider of book publishing, marketing, and bookselling services for authors around the globe and offers the industry’s only suite of Hollywood book-to-film services. Committed to providing the highest level of customer service, AuthorHouse assigns each author personal publishing and marketing consultants who provide guidance throughout the process. For more information or to publish a book, visit or call 1-888-519-5121. For the latest, follow @authorhouse on Twitter.

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