Jan 13

Nickerbacher: A Short Story Chapter Book

Nickerbacher wants to be a comedian, but the world, and especially his father, tells him he can only guard princesses. This chapter book brings dreams alive in ways we can all relate. Laugh along with your children as Nickerbacher tells jokes and prepares for The Knight Show!

Nickerbacher: A Short Story Chapter Book
Terry John Barto has taken his picture book tale, NicherBacker the Funniest Dragon, and expanded it into a 53-page chapter book you and your children are sure to love. Kim Sponaugle has illustrated wonderful black and white pictures which increase the delight of the Nickerbacher tale. My family, both at home and at OMG Goodies, loves dragons, and we would be remiss if we didn’t share more with you about Nickerbacher!

Nickerbacher: A Short Story Chapter Book:

One of the wondrous attributes of storytelling is the ability to expand each story into something more magnificent. JK Rowling could have stopped with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, but instead, she continued with 6 additional books. Each of those books grew, not only in size but in descriptiveness, story threads, and reading level. By doing this JK Rowling ensured, Harry Potter became a sort of modern-day classic.

Barto takes his story of Nickerbacher the Funniest Dragon and expands it in a way that those children who loved to sit with Mom and Dad and listen to them read the story of the joke-telling Dragon can now read a more detailed account of their favorite story. The Nickerbacher chapter book has the same punny jokes as before and includes new jokes too! As readers, we learn more about Prince Happenstance and La La Land. We meet the host of The Knight Show, Johnny Kingston, and Nickerbacher sees his comedic idols’ pictures on the wall! Parents and children will definitely want to watch for all the fun ways Barto has taken our world and twisted it into this incredibly fun chapter book! (Recommended for ages 7 – 10)


With a little cajoling from Princess Gwendolyn, both Nickerbacher and Prince Happenstance agree to travel to La La Land. There, Nickerbacher receives the opportunity to audition for the host of The Knight Show, Johnny Kingston. Nickerbacher finds his third-class citizenship disappears as the citizens of La La Land learn not all Dragons are dangerous! His father also learns that protecting princesses may not be for all dragons. In the end, will Nickerbacher learn to tell jokes that are more than punny? Discover whether or not Nickerbacher can find the end of that rainbow together when you read Nickerbacher!


Written and published by Terry John Barto, Nickerbacher is available on Amazon.  However, the book only introduces Nickerbacher and his friends to you.  Visit nickerbacher.com for activities and more information.

Don’t forget to follow Nickerbacher on social media too!


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About the author

Kameo Monson

Kameo has been married for 22 years. She has 2 boys ages 17 and 15, and 2 girls ages 13 and 11. Her interests range from music - especially choir music to gel polish to dresses to reading to camping and hiking. Kameo loves animals and has 3 dogs, a cat, a Guinea pig, a hamster, and some fish in her home. She and her family like to have small excursions to places close to home and enjoy being outside watching her husband and son fly R/C planes or make contacts on their HAM radios.

Kameo started with OMG Goodies in January 2015 and has become a proficient reviewer. Like all of our bloggers, we are happy to have her on the team.

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