Book Title: Bentley and the Magic Sticks by Claire Eckard
Category: Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7), 38 pages
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Publisher: Mill City Press, Inc
Release date: April 2021
Content Rating: G for everyone.
Bentley and the Magic Sticks follows this extra-large canine as he finds out that his favorite sticks have magical powers, thanks to a wonderful Fairy Dogmother called Tia! Because other dogs are afraid of his large size Bentley has no one to play with. However, with his magic sticks he manages to make new friends and he also discovers the special secret of why he is so big.
I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.
What a sweet book! Bentley is so big that he scares everyone (dogs and humans) when they go to the park, but he’s got a big heart and is such a good dog. Of course, he’s sad because he has no friends, so his Fairy Dogmother (I love it!) helps him out and gives him his own friend made of sticks – Sticky. Even though there’s a disaster as far as Sticky is concerned, Bentley ends up with his heart’s desire: friends!
As well as being cute, this story teaches children that it’s okay to be different. The illustrations by Anne York are great! They’re not only colorful but the illustrations of Bentley and the other dogs are excellent.
About the Author
Claire Eckard is an animal lover and believes in volunteering to give back to her community, especially to the homeless animals that need to find their forever homes. Her animals often inspire her writing, weaving their way into the stories that she writes, blending reality and fiction to entertain, teach, enlighten, and share the joy that animals bring to our lives! Claire is an author, poet, songwriter, wife, mother and grandmother! She lives in Arizona, splitting her time between her home in Yuma, Arizona and her ranch in the mountains of Prescott. Claire has three dogs, eight horses, and a miniature mule!
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