Hartford Books Examiner Interviews Danny the Dragon Author Tina Turbin

As if Tina Turbin, the multi-award-winning children’s author, wasn’t already overwhelmed with praise for the first book in her Danny the Dragon children’s series, Danny the Dragon Meets Jimmy, she decided to release it as the first-ever children’s book app for the iPad and iPhone to have sign language interpretation. The author and her publicity team are now working hard to manage the soaring sales and intense interest the iPad app release has stirred up. Despite her busy schedule, Turbin was able to set aside some time to meet with the Hartford Books Examiner for a Q&A interview to talk about the latest Danny the Dragon news.

Danny the Dragon Meets Jimmy, the story of how Danny forms a special friendship with Jimmy and his family, is the recipient of a number of awards including the Purple Dragon Book Awards, Mom’s Choice Awards®, Indie Excellence® Awards, International Book Awards, and the list goes on. The book is celebrated for its pro-family values and lessons of mutual kindness.

Turbin had already stood out for her humanitarian work in various fields, including children’s literacy and education, women’s issues, health, and the gluten-free diet. Then she decided to do something that would set her entirely apart from other children’s authors—she created a Danny the Dragon Meets Jimmy app for the iPhone and iPad. This wasn’t an ordinary children’s book app; it contained sign language interpretation for deaf children.

In her interview with the Hartford Books Examiner, Tina said she “wanted to reach out to children and families on an even broader scale, and having Danny the Dragon as the first-ever available iPad download with sign interpretation for the deaf and hearing impaired was a milestone.” Indeed, it was the first-ever app of its kind for the hearing-impaired community and was showcased by Apple on its featured apps page. Not surprisingly, the author has received much positive feedback for her innovative product.

In the interview, Turbin offered advice to other authors who are interested in making their own children’s title into an app. First she says, “Make sure that the company you connect up with is going to do your book justice. A lot of work goes into a book by any author and to have it put up as an app by some company who doesn’t know what they’re doing can only be a disservice.”

Turbin’s iPad app was produced by iStoryTime, the app developer for DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon. The author has nothing but praise to share in regard to her experiences working with iStorytime.

At the close of her interview, the author shares some advice for parents from her heart: “…allow for your child’s quality of imagination to remain as long as possible, because that’s where their dreams are made and they can form their future through their dreams.”

When asked if she has plans for future children’s books, and whether they’ll be made available as apps, the author exclaimed, “Absolutely!” In fact, the author is actively working on future books in her West Coast studio, balancing her writing schedule with research and book tours to bookstores, libraries, and other venues. Until Danny’s next adventure comes out, readers can purchase the iPad app through iTunes or through DannytheDragon.com, where Danny fans can keep up with their favorite dragon and sign up for the Danny newsletter.

Tina Turbin



Hartford Books Examiner: Children’s Author Tina Turbin Brings ‘Danny the Dragon’ to iPhone and iPad (Q&A) http://tinyurl.com/6682tqf

Hartford Books Examiner: Danny the Dragon Meets Jimmy by Tina Turbin (a book/DVD review) http://www.examiner.com/books-in-hartford/danny-the-dragon-meets-jimmy-by-tina-turbin-a-book-dvd-review

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8 Responses to Hartford Books Examiner Interviews Danny the Dragon Author Tina Turbin

  1. Jacklyn Burnesse says:

    Oh my some more good news! I can’t even believe how many awards you keep winning for Danny, but at the same time I’m not surprised at all. I’m more surprised by the fact that there are so many children’s book awards out there. That’s really great because it helps the reading public figure out which ones are the best to pick up and give a try. Obviously Danny the Dragon is critic-tested, family-approved:)

  2. Janet says:

    This is a great article and the others were too that you shared! I found out so much about you and I didn’t know about the new app. I am kind of out of the loop on the iPad and iPhone, but I just got an Android and would like to request an Android app too if possible!

  3. Darlene says:

    Congratulations Tina I was just watching your You Tube channel and it was so nice to see you reading to children and visiting children in the hospital. Very touching and you could tell how much you really love children. Several years ago we met a famous children’s author (I won’t say who) and he seemed really annoyed by my neice and nephew (my son was just a baby at the time) and my sister and I was like, “Wow…why’s this guy a kids’ book writer?” It was really weird. Anyway, with you that’s definitely not the case!

  4. Norma Barry says:

    Congrats to you Tina. You have blown me away with you successes, acknowledgment, and awards. Of course, the first time I read Danny the Dragon I knew good things were in store for you!

  5. Charlie says:

    Tina this is such great news! Made my day! You have won so many awards that I can’t even keep track! I love that trophy shelf on your home page for this website too. Very cute!

  6. Dani Darling says:

    Excellent! Your app has really gotten a lot of attention, huh? I don’t have an iPad or iPhone, but we have your DVD which I believe has the same content and we love it!

  7. Cindy says:

    This caught my attention because I’m from Hartford actually. Boy do I miss it! I’m not surprised that your books have caught their eye up there. So many people in the area really love and appreciate literature.

  8. Jacklyn Hernandez says:

    Wow it’s been a while since I’ve written a comment. Just wanted to say we’ve got the app now for iPad 2 and the kids are super super excited plus they love the new coloring pages. . Congrats on this great coverage and all your awards.

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