“Beanstalk” on Dorktales Storytime CD

Here's a preview of Beanstalk, our new Dorktales Storytime featuring Jonathan Murphy as every character! Meet Jack. Is he daft or the deal maker of the century when he sells his cow, Milky White, for beans? His mother thinks he's out of his mind until those beans lead to a bonanza...bags of gold, the goose that lays the golden eggs, and the golden harp! Find out how Jack fools the ogre over and over again so his mom can have a lovely cottage with all the modern conveniences...an outhouse, a smokehouse and an outdoor patio and … [Read more...]

A Trio of Storytelling Magic!

The banner's have been made! The CDs, comic books, and story app retail cards have been packed! And we're heading down I-5 to get to the Orange County Children's Book Festival. The event is Sunday, September 28 from 9:30 to 4:30 PM at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa. It's FREE... The festival is one of the largest children's book fairs in the country and though it's our first appearance, they have been going strong for 11 years. There's something for everyone...book and educational vendors, book signings, author and illustrator … [Read more...]

Classic Children’s Stories: Twist or Straight Up?

Actress and comedienne, Kathy Kinney is is the storytelling, children’s literacy advocate, Mrs. P. (READ MY INTERVIEW WITH HER HERE). Last week on the "Mrs. P's Reading is Cool Blog" she shares how Classic children's stories and fairy tales are stories that have proven the test of time and endured generations of retellings. She then goes on to talk about how Geek Club Books' Dorktales are bringing a geekish twist to the classics. For fun, she gives us a choice between her classic retellings and Jonathan and Mr. Redge's goofier versions! (READ … [Read more...]

Fee-fi-fo-fum! New Dorktales Coming!

Fee-fi-fo-fum, I smell another Dorktale brewing! Jonathan and our audio engineer, Michael Meyer, are in the recording studio this week to record Beanstalk, our latest script by Karen Simpson Gardiner. Meet Jack. Is he daft or the deal maker of the century when he sells his cow, Milky White, for beans? His mother thinks he's out of his mind until those beans lead to a bonanza...bags of gold, the goose that lays the golden eggs, and the golden harp! Find out how Jack fools the ogre over and over again so his mom can have a lovely cottage with … [Read more...]

Dorktales On the Go!

Photographs by Conner Cummings We packed our bags (and Mr. Redge) and headed to Virginia where Jonathan performed the live version of The Three Little...Hogs?!, one of our original Dorktales audio stories. I commissioned Karen Simpson Gardiner to write original adaptations of classic fairy tales, asking for scripts that were cheeky, geeky and would appeal to children and their parents. Karen is the Executive Director of Peninsula Youth Theatre, the children's theater company that changed the trajectory of Jonathan's life...the first … [Read more...]

Live Show! Dorktales Storytime

Introducing Dorktales Storytime by Geek Club Books: Classic fairy tales with a geekish twist. Original scripts created exclusively for Geek Club Books by Karen Simpson Gardiner, are performed live by Jonathan Murphy. Professional voice actor and children's performer, Jonathan's character voices are heard throughout California's Great America Theme Park, on toys, video games, audio books, and apps. In Dorktales, Jonathan is joined by his plucky puppet sidekick, Mr. Reginald T. Hedgehog (or Mr. Redge if you prefer) to tell goofier versions of … [Read more...]

A Very Merry Dorktale!

Clunk…shhhhlp….Clunk shhhhhlp…Marley’s coming and he’s bringing the spirits with him! Start boiling the pudding, hanging the mistletoe, and getting ready for A Very Merry Dorktale: A Christmas Carol. Adapted by Karen Simpson Gardiner, ours is the classic holiday tale by Charles Dickens about the bah! humbug! of a man called Ebeneezer Scrooge. Listen as he reluctantly learns to honor Christmas in his heart and keep it all the year. Our favorite dorkteller, Jonathan, is at the studio recording and performing every character--from the … [Read more...]

Have You Listened to Dorktales?

Have you listened to one of our original, clever, kooky, whimsical, fun, hilarious Dorktales: Classic Fairy Tales with a Geekish Twist? Dorktales are written by Karen Simpson Gardiner who specializes in writing entertaining scripts for family entertainment...and performed by our very own witty raconteur Jonathan Murphy. We offer one free when you subscribe to our e-mail list.   … [Read more...]

Dorktales “Little Red” Preview

La, la-la, la-la! That's only the preview! Written by Karen Simpson Gardiner, our dorkteller, Jonathan Murphy, is joined by none other than Grady the Geekosaur, our Geek Club Books mascot, to tell the tale of Little Red. You know, the one about the little girl in the beautiful red cloak who out foxes the big bad wolf? Well forget that one and think ninja granny with a stealthy rescue plan. "We have had to listen to Dorktales pretty much non stop! My oldest son has totally fallen in love with it. I tried to pin down what he liked in particular … [Read more...]

Peregrin’s Brick House

If Peregrin, the dorky hero in Dorktales: The Three Little...Hogs?!, was real and had a real home, we think that this would be it! Stylish, practical, and a bit of greenery... Click to play the song to get you in the "brick house" spirit! Then read this scene and let us know if you agree that this is Peregrin's place. JONATHAN:  Well the last little, erm, hedgehog was VERY smart.  He was so smart that you could barely understand what he was saying when he was talking!  And he kept walking until he met a man that was selling…can anyone … [Read more...]