I was recently contacted by Erin Frew, the US-based writer and illustrator and asked if Monkey and I would like to read her book, Golden Boy Bailey, which was published in February this year and has recently won a Mom’s Choice Award.
The book is available in hardback and kindle versions both via Amazon in the US and here in the UK. We received the hardback copy as I’m still very much a paper book girl. You all know us as a cat family, but I did grow up with dogs at home and as my brother and his family will be welcoming a puppy to their family this month, I thought it would be a good opportunity to bring the idea of dogs into my reading with Monkey.
Bailey is a Golden Retriever, and is based on the author/illustrators own family pet. In Golden Boy Bailey we meet Bailey and his friend Sable the Pit Bull and Logan the Yellow Labrador as they set out on an adventure. Monkey was hooked as soon as he heard mention on a Logan (one of his friends from school).
Poor Logan is a little like me, afraid of the water, so a trip to the Blue Pool has him all in a fluster. I know that feeling well!! Could he overcome that fear and would they survive an encounter with Chewy the German Shepherd who guards the Covered Bridge?
Well it turns out that Chewy is actually rather friendly, and not to be feared at all, and the four dogs soon become friends. When the friends reach the water a little dragonfly decides to play with Sable. Disaster strikes as Sable chases the dragonfly and jumps into the pool, Sable can’t swim! Will their new friend Chewy be able to save the day?
Golden Boy Bailey is a charming book, telling the story of friendship and bravery and we’ve enjoyed reading it.
There are a couple of points where Chewy is called a German Sheppard and I think we’d tend to use dived rather than dove to describe someone diving into water, but in general the writing works as well this side of the pond as it would in its homeland. My 6 year old has certainly enjoyed the story.
I’ve included my Amazon affiliate link below if you’d like to purchase here in the UK.
disclosure: we were sent this item in exchange for an honest review.
Erin Frew has very kindly offered one lucky reader a chance to win this book for themselves. Just complete the Gleam form below for your chance to win.
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Once a winner is randomly picked, I will check if the winner has done what was requested and I will contact them, if they do not reply within one week, the prize will be allocated to another person.
The giveaway will close on 24th July 2016 at midnight.