Bentley's Best Birthday Ever! Book Review & Book Tour Giveaway

Birthdays are always exciting--but it never feels good when your friends forget your birthday.  Today, I have an adorable children's book featuring Bentley, the dog from the series by Claire Eckard.  I shared and reviewed Bentley and the Magic Sticks last summer--and looked forward to more books in the series!  Today, I am sharing my review of Bentley's Best Birthday Ever!  Check out my thoughts on the book, learn about author Claire Eckard--and be sure to enter for a chance to win a prize in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post.


Book Title:  Bentley's Best Birthday Ever! by Claire Eckard
Category:  Children's Fiction (Ages 3-7),  32 pages
Genre:  Children's Picture Book
Publisher:  Mill City Press, Inc
Release date:   September 28, 2021
Content Rating:  G for everyone.

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About the Book

Bentley’s Best Birthday Ever!

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!


My Review


Bentley's Best Birthday Ever! Offers Some Learning Opportunities Along with Fun.  Bentley is excited about his birthday, and that excitement makes for a fun story--but the author gives little readers more than a birthday surprise. Readers (and parents or caregivers) also have some opportunities to learn about feeling lonely or forgotten, moving and making new friends, and the joy you can feel doing nice things for others. Preschool and early elementary readers have a lot to learn about friendships and emotions, and this book is a fun way to introduce those topics entertainingly. At the end, there is an activity page to encourage readers to count and find items in the story with a little game of "how many." 

The Illustrations Suit the Story Perfectly.  I love the illustrations in this book. Anne York fills the pages with bright, bold colors, realistic-looking characters, and fun scenes. The illustrations hold so many extras for readers as they will "see" the emotions and excitement as well as read about them. Tia's magic scenes feel magical on the pages, and Bentley looks so fun and larger than life. 


Would I Recommend Bentley's Best Birthday Ever! by Claire Eckard?  Animal-loving little ones will adore Bentley and friends--and parents/caregivers will love the way the book shares Bentley's emotions and explores his friendships. I think it is the perfect book for a family, classroom, or library read-along, especially when discussing emotions like loneliness, making new friends, and being a good friend.


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Meet 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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