There Was an Old Dragon, and he’s HERE!


Photo from ADoseOfShipBoy on Flickr

Get out your confetti cannons and toot your horns: it’s time for another week-long Emu’s Debuts book launch party!!!

This week we’re celebrating the launch of Penny Parker Klostermann‘s There Was an Old Dragon. We’ve had dragons on the blog before, thanks to Joshua McCune’s Talker 25 and Natalie Dias Lorenzi’s Flying the Dragon, but this dragon is for the younger set (and everyone else who loves jaunty rhyming text and colorful, clever artwork!). I mean, just look at that face!

Dragon Cover High Res copy

This particular dragon is up to a bit of no good, though, as you might expect from the title.

Here’s what some early reviews had to say about it:

“No matter how many swallowed-fly titles you own, this one belongs on your shelf too.” — Kirkus

“The author has used a broad range of words—savory, shady, fattens, tassel, guzzled, bloat, quote, perchance, amass, and billow. These will add depth to the young listener’s vocabulary.” — School Library Journal

Penny has been busy pounding the virtual pavement to get the word out about this fantastic book. In addition to what we have planned for you the rest of the week, don’t miss the ongoing “There Was an Old Blog Tour.” Here are the list of places this very hungry dragon has visited or will be visiting soon:

And you can click HERE for the free downloadable activity guide From Random House!

For personalized signed copies of There Was an Old Dragon, you can order from Texas Star Trading Co. and give your dedication details in the Gift Message box. You can also contact them by email at or call  (325) 672-9696.

You can find one at YOUR local indie bookstore here: Indiebound

Or, you can order online through Barnes and NobleAmazonBooks-A-Million, or Powell’s.

Of course, you can also try your luck: Comment on any post this week for a chance to win your very own SIGNED copy of There Was an Old Dragon. And don’t forget to come back to see what’s cooking for tomorrow: it’ll be delicious!



Filed under Book Launch, Celebrations

19 responses to “There Was an Old Dragon, and he’s HERE!

  1. Yay! The dragon is finally among us. I love this book. The text is sly and funny. The pictures are hilarious. The whole thing is a bit subversive. Not your usual There was an old whatever book at all.

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  2. Muriel Knabb

    Sounds wonderful. I’m anxious to read it. Congrats!

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  3. Congratulations! What a great launch you’ve lined up. I hope lots of people follow this dragon’s adventures.

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  4. Hooray! I’ve been eagerly anticipating this book since I first heard about it. It is at the top of my Christmas list for the little ones, that’s for sure. Signed copies all around! 🙂

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  5. Add my name to the list of fans of this book. 🙂

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  6. Cutest dragon EV-AH. Best rhyme, too. Congrats to my dear critique buddy!

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  7. mariagianferrari

    Congrats to you, Penny and your Dragon!!! 🙂 ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Wow! Thanks for sharing all that info, and what a great little book. Congratulations!

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  9. Congratulations, Penny. I remember fondly hearing you read this in Montana. May your dragon fly high!

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  10. Rachel

    A subversive dragon/ knight picture tale…how intriguing. I want to read it!

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Thanks for the shout-out! 🙂 This is a great book!

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