Danny the Dragon Featured on World’s Biggest Free Book-Winning Site

Danny the Dragon Meets Jimmy, the first book in my illustrated kids book series, has placed first in the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards for Best Illustrations. What an honor! You can find out the story behind illustrating the book by checking out this link to fReado.com, the “World’s Biggest Free Book-Winning Site,” which has featured Danny the Dragon Meets Jimmy. fReado allows you to sample the book and shares a little bit about my creative process as I was putting the book together. You’ll also read the remarkable story of how I found and worked with my outstanding illustrator, Aija Jasuna.




Tina Turbin


Awards, Books, Children's Author, Children's Book

Glowing Review of Danny the Dragon Meets Jimmy

The Danny the Dragon Meets Jimmy, the first book in my illustrated kids book series, was featured on FreeSamplesReviews.com and reviewed by mother and photographer Tiffany, who loved the book and enjoyed sharing it with her two young children. Read her review below!


Tina Turbin


Children's Author, Children's Book

Treasure Hunt with the Munch Crunch Bunch

Treasure Hunt with the Munch Crunch Bunch is a storybook and activity book in one designed for children to help them learn about food so they themselves can be empowered to make healthy choices. Now what parent wouldn’t want that?

This book has lots of fun, hands-on activities for families: board games; fruit and vegetable food riddles (“foodles”); ways to make grocery shopping educational and fun; and a terrific read tucked inside.

Designed for 3-8 year olds, this book has so much color and life it’s entertaining for any parent, relative or teacher. The book is really laid out perfectly so you can simply follow the directions, have fun and learn.

The key appealing point is that the book does not come across AT ALL as if it’s trying to teach, which kids are quick to notice. There’s no better way to learn at these ages than through play, experience and fun. This book offers just this. I haven’t come across a hands-on book this good in a long time.

Author Jan Wotterman is responsible for the nutrition resource material. She conducted an in-class nutrition activity with a select group of 17 out of 73 students using her book. Then each of the 73 families filled out an initial list of foods eaten. Each of the 17 children took their book home and parents read to their children and used the “foodle” cards as shopping lists.

Three weeks later, a questionnaire was sent home to each of the 73 students in the class (to both the book-reading group and the control group). The statistics proved that only the 17 students in the group who read the book increased fruit and vegetable consumption and decreased high-fat and high-sugar consumption. This book made a difference for the whole family!

I can only highly recommend this book.

Tina Turbin



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DTD Blog Rave Review of my Danny the Dragon DVD

It was an honor to have Danny the Dragon Meets Jimmy, the first book in my illustrated kids book series, featured and reviewed by FreeSamplesReviews.com by homemaker, mother and photographer Tiffany. She was particularly fond of the Danny the Dragon Meets Jimmy DVD and gives a detailed account of how she enjoyed it.

Read Tiffany’s glowing review here:


Tina Turbin


Deaf children

Danny the Dragon Author Featured At The Burbank Book Festival

We had such a great time at the Burbank Book Festival! It was great to connect with the authors and readers in Burbank and we were received. As an author I really enjoy book festivals and getting all the terrific feedback on Danny the Dragon. And to be featured amongst such great authors was really an honor. Can’t wait for next year!

Tina Turbin



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Cilie Yack is Under Attack! By Caryn Talty

If you have celiac disease like me, you’re probably aware of the abundance of resource guides available on the market. Many of these have proved to be invaluable to the celiac community, but there remains a segment of the celiac population who haven’t been able to benefit as we have from such books—children. Thanks to Caryn Talty, a former schoolteacher living in Chicago, celiac kids now have not only an informative resource, but a creative and entertaining one at that—Cilie Yack is Under Attack! This fictional book follows the adventures of the Irish boy Cilie Yack, who experiences an array of misadventures before being diagnosed with celiac disease and becoming a young, gluten-free master chef.

This chapter book, written for ages 5 to 11, draws its strength from its charming main character, Cilie Yack, who is funny as well as honest and open about even the most  awkward details of celiac disease (one of the chapters is named “Poop Talk”). By hearing his own story as a celiac kid, including his symptoms, what testing is like, what happens when he breaks the gluten-free diet, and the adjustments his family makes, kids will not only absorb vital information about living with celiac disease, but they’ll never forget it! Uniquely set in County Clare, Ireland, where Cilie lives on a dairy farm, the book is sure to fascinate kids interested in learning about other cultures. Cilie takes care to explain the Irish and Gaelic terms and customs so that children won’t be confused.

Caryn Talty wrote this book from her heart after her oldest child was diagnosed with celiac disease and it was found by food allergy testing that he needed to eliminate 15 foods from his diet. Already feeling overwhelmed and isolated, she grew even more distressed after failing to find a support group for her son that met his needs. Then one momentous night, the character of Cilie Yack was born in Talty’s imagination.

After reading Cilie Yack, you can’t help but want to stay connected to this enchanting character. Lucky for us, Cilie announces his online cooking club, Cilie Yack’s Sous Club (http://www.cilie-yack.org), designed for kids ages 5 to 11 with food allergies or celiac disease, but kids without special dietary needs are welcome to join as well. The club allows members to organize their own local social cooking club with an emphasis on gluten-free cooking with recipes free of the most prevalent eight allergens as well as corn.

Cilie Yack will be sure to inspire your celiac child to become a gluten-free chef himself. Thankfully Talty, the President of Cilie Yack’s Sous Club for Kids, has given kids with food allergies the opportunity to follow in this delightful character’s footsteps.






Tina Turbin




Advice, Children's Author, Children's Book, Children's Health, Childrens' Literature, Education, gluten-free, healthy eating, moms

Nikki’s Hurricane Adventure, Part 1: An Amazing Story, A Delightful Children’s Book, An Important Cause


I so admire authors who have an important cause to get behind. That’s why I had such a rewarding experience reading and reviewing Nikki’s Hurricane Adventure by Kevin and Laura Sanchez, the story of real-life Nikki the cat who was lost 85 miles from her Louisiana home while her family was evacuating for Hurricane Gustav and found her way home all by herself months later!


Find out more about Nikki’s story and purchase the book here:



Stay tuned to hear more from me about Kevin and Laura’s inspiring cause!


Tina Turbin



Acts of Kindness, Books, Books-suggested by Tina, Children's Author, Children's Book, family, General, moms

Danny the Dragon Author Showcased in Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators!


Every couple of months this amazing group showcases certain children’s book writers and illustrators and this issue I was honored to be selected. See what the wrote about Danny and I in their publication


Danny and I are very thankful to be part of such an amazing group!


Tina Turbin





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Fantastic article in newspaper about Danny the Dragon DVD

See great article in the Dunedin Beacon about Danny the Dragon and Author Tina Turbin!

We are so honored to be showcased in this paper!


Tina Turbin



Books, Children's Author, Children's Book, Danny the Dragon CD, Deaf children, Press

Danny the Dragon DVD Gets Prestigious Review

See Midwest Book Reviews review of the Danny the Dragon DVD. What an honor! 


Children’s Bookwatch: April 2011

James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief

Diane C. Donovan, Editor

Midwest Book Review

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The DVD Shelf


Danny the Dragon “Meets Jimmy”
Imagination Publishing Group
PO Box 1304, Dunedin, FL 34697
$24.95 1-888-701-6481

Danny the Dragon “Meets Jimmy” is the DVD adaptation of the award-winning first children’s picturebook in a widely beloved series. The full color images from the story about a child’s first encounter with a curious and friendly dragon are enhanced with a sign language interpretation by Carol Downing of Blossom Montessori School for the Deaf, making Danny the Dragon “Meets Jimmy” thoroughly accessible for hearing-impaired children as well. Danny the Dragon “Meets Jimmy” is a delightful, gentle, family-friendly DVD story especially recommended for public library children’s collections. 12 min.



Tina Turbin



Children's Author, Children's Book, General, Media, Press