Edgar and the Dragon
The Dragon Kingdom has been overrun by shadowy monsters! In their desperation, the dragons send for the only hero brave and clever enough to help them: a young boy named Edgar. Armed with nothing but a couple of tennis balls, the odd vegetable, and a few tricks that he learned in Sunday School, Edgar sets off on a perilous quest to help his scaly friends. But the dark invaders grow more powerful by the minute. Can Edgar and his friends defeat an enemy that no weapon can touch?
In the Fall of 2014 I did a brief stint as Scheherazade. My host family’s two young children had decided not to let me leave for work in the morning. Since between the two of them they were able to cling to both of my legs, this was a serious threat to my career as a youth leader. However, having recently read 1001 Arabian Nights, I came up with a plan. Each night when I got home from work, I would write a chapter of a story. The next morning, I would read this chapter to them at the breakfast table. When the chapter had ended and the children demanded that I read the next one, I could tell them, ”Sorry, I haven’t written that part yet. But if you let me get on with my day and go to work, I might have time to write the next chapter tonight. . .” This plan saved my youth ministry career, but it proved disastrous for my weight-gaining ambitions: the kids started pushing me out the door before I could finish eating breakfast.
As other children found the story equally entertaining (and learned the Bible verses in it), I decided to follow a good friend’s advice and self-publish ”Edgar and the Dragon” on Amazon.
The cover illustration was done by a talented young artist named George Rosvall. You can find more of his art here: georgerosvall.deviantart.com.
And here are some more illustrations made by two very talented children, Jessica (12) and Claire (7):
Edgar and the Dragon 2 was finally published in October 2018, when I managed to do enough push-ups to win the publishing rights from the two children for whom it was written. The download link is at the top of the page. Here is a description of the book:
The birthday feast for the Dragon Princess is magnificent, but disaster strikes as an old enemy appears, wielding an ancient power. The Kingdom is plunged into confusion and despair. Brave young Edgar and his resourceful companion, Lucretia, are sent on a perilous journey in search of hope. Armed with a green piece of paper, an unopenable bag and a handful of Bible verses, they brave the dangers of the mysterious Unicorn Forest and the enemy fortress beyond. Will the two young heroes make it through before it is too late?