Golden Boy Bailey – review and giveaway

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.

Golden Boy Bailey

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).

Golden Boy Bailey

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.


Terms and conditions:

(Please note that all entries will be checked against comments for validation).

Only the first step of this form is mandatory, all other steps are optional. Only one entry per person is allowed.

This giveaway is open worldwide.

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.

Golden Boy Bailey book

About Over 40 and a Mum to One

I'm a Mum in my late 40′s with an 8 year old son. I had a busy life in Export Sales before my Monkey came along, but decided to become a stay at home Mum once he arrived. Now I enjoy writing my own family lifestyle and travel blog. sharing the adventures that we have as Monkey makes his journey through school. We have a cat called Brewster who makes appearances and I’m a mad Ferrari Formula 1 fan, so that expect to hear about as each season unfolds. We love reviewing days out, toys, games and books and would love the opportunity to look at anything that fits in with our family lifestyle. We are always out and about and offering an insight on the places we visit, with a passion for nature thrown in for good measure. If you like what you read please leave me a comment, I love to hear from people, and always try to reply. Enjoy the read.

61 thoughts on “Golden Boy Bailey – review and giveaway

  1. i’ve worked with all different breeds for many years and every time i would choose a lab, the only breed i would trust esp with my children x

  2. Cairn Terrier :- We had cairn terriers for a good number of years, as I was growing up at home. My brother bred one on a couple of occasions, it was wonderful to see the pups born, grow and develop. Cairn terriers tend to be friendly and loyal. As small dogs easier to exercise, groom etc than larger dogs. Also do not cast / shed hair like most dogs, so again this makes managing easier.

    I am also fond of Labradors, lovely friendly active dogs. Have a friend with a Black Labrador.

  3. I should say Beagles because I accidently ended up with one who is now the furry love of my life, but my favourite breed is still the Newfoundland.

  4. love Rough Collies, we have had 3 rough collies and they are super intelligent, family friendly dogs

  5. staffordshire bull terrier they are so loyal and caring , they get a bad name but they are amazing dogs i’ve had mine since he was 7 weeks old 9 years old now x

  6. Staffies! As I have one and I’ve never had a more loving, well behaved, easy to train happy little silly dog bring me so much happiness before 🙂 Dxx

  7. At the moment we have a working Labrador, a Sports Border Collie, 2 x Afghan Hounds and a Chihuhua. We have recently lost our little Shetland Sheepdog. Trying to find a favourite is difficult as they each have their merits. Labrador is mental, being working lines she slim and full of energy. The Border Collie was a rescue and has taken a lot of work to correct his ways. The Afghans are unique so lovable and cuddly but will do things in their own time and way. But my little Sheltie who I miss so much. I think I would love another Sheltie

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