"I loved it! I wanna give you a hundred hugs for it. I"m definitely adding it to my list of favorite books."
Kiley, age 10,
"My 8-year-old daughter Abbie and I listened to The Dragon King during a recent 8-hour drive. As soon as it ended, she asked to hear it again and, since she was holding the laptop, kept replaying the music for 3 hours!"
The Dragon King
The Dragon King audio book is comprised of narration, character voices, sound effects and fully orchestrated musical theatre style songs. Its duration is one hour and eight minutes including twenty seven minutes of music. Excerpts from the audio are shown below.
Lend Your Ear
There Once Was A Boy
Queen Sarah's Lullaby
Anything Is Possible
Meet The Dragon
Time To Decide
Just And Honorable
All The Blue
The Dragon King Illustrated Children's Book & Audio Book
Interview with illustrator, Johanna Burr, 2013
The Dragon King illustrated children's book contains an interactive section entitled "Can You Discover?" where readers are encouraged to draw, spy out hidden elements in the illustrations and learn some interesting
facts about constellations and medieval heraldry.
Song lyrics are also listed in its back pages.
The mission of The Dragon King is to empower and nurture in children the skills necessary to thrive in life.
story should take us on an adventure. This adventure began when I met a boy named Ethan and his mother, Sarah, in a hospital. Ethan had been burned in a fire and I wondered what I might do to help him feel better. I believe that when we use our imaginations we can create anything we want—whether it’s an exciting game, a beautiful picture or a funny joke, even a solution to a challenge we may be facing. It can encourage us to be brave and optimistic when we feel scared or alone. Our imaginations are very powerful because we are very powerful.
So, as I began creating The Dragon King, I thought about what I would like to see and read and hear in a story. I wanted it to look like the chapter books that I read as a child, with enough illustrations to begin painting a picture of the story, but would still leave room for my own imagination to fill in the rest. I asked my 15-year-old daughter, Johanna, with her youthful perspective, to create the images that you will see. The music, I knew, must be inspired by musical theatre, as if the listener was watching the action played out on a stage. I wanted my hero, Ethan, to be able to overcome all obstacles but with compassion and respect for others.
But of course, I created The Dragon King because I thought it would be fun! And I believe wholeheartedly that when we do those things which make us feel joyful and happy, we help create a more joyful and happy world.
I hope that you will always create that which makes you happy!
(Children's introduction to The Dragon King)
But wait, there's more...
What's it about?
It's a story about magic--and dragon fire, a razor sharp horn, a battle in the sky, green scales and dragon tears. But more than that, it is a journey of courage, compassion and the power of imagination to forge one's own destiny.