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So exciting! My book Dragons Are Real (illustrated by Michael Welply) has been named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2016!
I’ve been asked how this wonderful and vibrant book “came to be.” Dragons are Real started as a chapter book for kids called Elsa’s Dragon. But I “wrote myself into a corner” and couldn’t find the magic that stories need to come to life.
So I let my graphic designer Roscoe Welply read it since his father, Michael Welply, was doing the illustrations for it. Roscoe asked for me to meet him on Skype the next day. He told me he felt that the first chapter needed to be its own book and that his own sons loved this story. He pieced it out for me on how this first chapter of Elsa’s Dragon could be a picture book. So Roscoe sent me off to work and came on as the editor and artistic director of the project. We had never worked as this sort of team before. So I went to the drawing board and wrote our Dragons are Real in about an hour.
After Roscoe edited the text, we sent it to his father Michael Welply. Michael and Roscoe got to work together creatively for the very first time. They enjoyed themselves immensely. I’d hear little murmurings from across the pond, but as is the tradition at Audrey Press, I only got to see Michael’s cover art and the full page spreads and a few sketches of the other art. Everyone wanted to have a “surprise” reveal. I love those. It’s like Christmas morning on those days.
What makes this book special is the idea that the fiercest beasts in known history or imaginations everywhere could actually be the best of friends. It’s a lesson in finding companionship in the most unusual of places. Readers will also learn things about dragons that might not be common knowledge such as they are master of disguises and how they love sugar and sweets (at unacceptable levels) and will do anything for treats.
So if you haven’t started looking for a dragon to be your best friend, you’d better get going! Having a dragon as a friend is not what you think and I can assure you that everything you thought you knew about Dragons is a total myth.
Did You Know That…
That Dragons only breathe fire “sometimes” or that they have a fondness for poetry?
- Did you know that Dragons love to read and like to hoard books for those rainy dreary days?
- Did you know that Dragons are experienced Cha-Cha-Cha dancers and are happiest when they are getting down with the beat in a group of friends?
- Do you know that Dragons are ridiculously ticklish and love to Laugh?
See? There is much you don’t know about Dragons and this is only the beginning!
There’s a dragon out there somewhere, just waiting to be discovered. Need some help? There are great dragon finding tips inside the pages of this colorfully illustrated book that will help young readers discover the magic within their own imaginations and just exactly how Dragons Are Real.
To celebrate, this vibrant picture book is on sale for $8.88 until 12.31.16! Don’t miss this wonderful deal on a exceptional and unique children’s book. Click the image below or go HERE to grab your copy on Amazon.