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About the Book

Title: Dragons are Real | Author: Valarie Budayr | Illustrator : Michael Welply Publisher: Audrey Press | Publication Date:

 May 5, 2016 |&nbs p;Genre: Children's Picture Book Number of Pages: 32

Book Description:

What if I told you that all of the fairy tales, myths and legends that have been told about dragons over the years are WRONG? What if I told you that Dragons are indeed REAL and that they are different than you've ever imagined? Did you know that Dragons are the master of disguises? Did y ou know that they love sugar and sweets (at unacceptable levels) and will do anything for t reats? Award winning author Valarie Budayr brings us this fairly true story based on her childhood friendship with a REAL live Dragon.

About the Author: Valarie Budayr

Award Winning and Best-selling aut hor, Valarie Budayr inspires children and adults alike to experience their books t hrough play, discovery, and adventure via engaging extension activities on her popular website,

Valarie is co-founder of Multi-cultural Children's Book Day , #ReadYourWorld, a celebrat ion of diverse and cultural kid-lit shared with over 98 million people on&nbsp ;January 27th. Her foundation puts hundreds of books into the hands of children in rural and i ntercity areas.
Valarie's other best-selling and award winning titles a re: The Fox Diaries: The Year the Foxes Came to our Garden, The Ultimate Guide to C harlie and the Chocolate Factory, and A Year in the Secret Garden.

Michael Welply was born in London in 1948. The family move d to Winnipeg, Canada, in 1950. He studied art in Winnipeg and then in Paris, but his idea of living from the sales of his paintings is somewhat compromised by the lack of buyers . He started his career as an illustrator in 1977 in London. In 1981 he returned to live in Franc e with his American wife and their two children. Since then he has worked for publishers in both Europe and North America. To date he has illustrated over 80 books and more than 100 covers, in a wide range of subjects extending from detailed non-fiction to juvenile and adult fiction in the realms of fantasy, mythology, science fiction an d fairy tales.

Blog Tour Giveaway

 One winner will receive $100 Amazon gift card or $100 PayPal cash prize, winner's choice  
Giveaway ends: May 30, 11:59 pm, 2016 
Open to: Internationally 
How to enter : Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.
Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new w inner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries rece ived. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Fa cebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author, Valarie Budayr and is hosted and mana ged by Stacie from BeachBoundBooks. If you have any additional questions feel f ree to send an email to

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