Bentley is back, and it’s his birthday!
Welcome to one of the February 8th stops on the blog tour for Bentley’s Best Birthday Ever! by Claire Eckard with iRead Book Tours (schedule linked.) Be sure to follow the rest of the tour for more reviews and a giveaway! More on that at the end of this post.
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About the Book
Bentley’s Best Birthday Ever!
by Claire Eckard
Illustrated by Anne York
Published 14 December 2021
Mill City Press
Genre: Children’s Fiction
Page Count: 32
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Bentley is back, and it’s his birthday! Bentley is excited to share his special day with his new friends, but they are nowhere to be found. Meanwhile, Bentley meets Bella, a lost dog whose family has recently moved to Bentley’s neighborhood. Tia, Bentley’s Fairy Dogmother, and the Dog Pack have a BIG secret! They are planning a surprise birthday party for Bentley, and when Tia is around there is always some magic. Wait till you see Bentley’s reaction to his surprise party, and especially to the special guest that Tia brings!
This book once again highlights Bentley’s kind nature, and also shows that moving to a new neighborhood can be fun! Beautifully illustrated by Anne York, Bentley fans will not be disappointed as they follow Bentley’s latest adventure.
My Rating: 5 Stars
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I was granted complimentary access to Bentley’s Best Birthday Ever! as part of my participation in a blog tour for this title with iRead Book Tours. Thank you to all involved in affording me this opportunity (and sending a print copy that my daughter will love now that I’ve reviewed it!) My thoughts are my own and my review is honest.
Bentley is back (apparently, I wasn’t aware of these books before) and tomorrow is his birthday. While his friends are planning a surprise party, lonely Bentley finds a new friend Bella who is lost and helps her get back to her family. Bentley is such a big dog that his friends have to get a little creative finding the perfect gifts for him. How will his birthday turn out?
This story is really cute and fun to read. I predict this will slot itself nicely into my daughter’s go-to rotation of bedtime stories, or maybe even get an honourary spot in the living room cabinet where she’s been reading stories to her teddies in the daytime. Kids who love dogs (so, most kids) will absolutely adore this story and the plot is exactly as complex and quickly paced as a typical episode of something like the old Clifford TV series. (Speaking of, Bentley’s supposed to be bigger than any dog we know…)
The illustrations are gorgeous! It’s digital art with bold lines and bright colours, but unlike a lot of kids books from smaller presses I’ve seen recently, these illustrations are full of detail! I’m particularly fond of the illustration that goes along with Bentley arriving at the park on his birthday with all of his friends hiding behind the trees and bushes waiting to surprise him. There are so many little things to notice!
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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