Book Review: Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog
Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog
By Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog is a very entertaining, well written, and wonderfully illustrated children’s book. Charlene the Star, Bentley Bulldog, Hattie the chicken that like bonnets, Wooliam the sheep, and others each play an important part in helping new and old friends with life problems such as bullying, self-esteem, and failure. Their unique and clever solutions make this book a must have for children – it “encourages children to persevere and strive to do their best.”
As a young boy at family gatherings, I recall listening to the men after a meal. The opinions around the subjects of politics, car brands, hippies, and rock n roll filled the room with energy like aromatic smoke from a pipe. But, when the story telling began everyone found a seat or patch of floor. We sat for hours absorbing the stories, fact or fiction, that shaped who we became and it strengthened our imaginations. Fifty years later I know that a world without imagination would be pretty boring.
Retirement came a little earlier than wanted. I decided it was time for that dream job. Three years later, I am an aspiring writer telling stories that hopefully guides a reader’s imagination to a world of excitement, and provide a brief rest from the everyday duties.
Winter’s Thief is the first of a three book series. Soft cover books available at your favorite Internet bookstore, or at the website www.AndeanWhite.com. The e-book version is available at Amazon.com.