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Through all the crazy, hectic fun of summer it suddenly dawned on that I missed a huge milestone; that my award-winning book Dragons are Real celebrated it’s one year publishing anniversary!
Dragon’s Are Real was published in early summer of 2016 and OH, how time has FLOWN! In that time this enchanting picture book has won the hearts of readers while also winning awards. Dragons is one of my many book “children” and I am so proud of how a collaboration with a talented children’s book illustrator overseas could have resulted in such a special book.
Dragons Are Real: How It All Began
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 our graphic designer Roscoe Welply read it as his father was doing the illustrations for it. Roscoe asked for me to meet him on Skype the next day and said that the first chapter needs 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 ear 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 Dragons Are Real so 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?
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.
Dragons Are Real Product details
- Paperback: 32 pages
- Publisher: Audrey Press (May 5, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 193642620X
- ISBN-13: 978-1936426201
- Package Dimensions: 8 x 8 x 8 inches
Read more about Dragon Are Real’s incredibly talented illustrator, Michael Welply here.
Grab your copy of Dragons Are Real HERE.
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Inspired by my award-winning book, Dragons Area Real, I have a free gift for my fellow Dragon-lovers. Grab my FREE Downloadable Dragons Are Real Activity Guide below: