Book Reviews by BNBenko
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This story is an illustrations-only picture book about a boy in a wheelchair who rescues an injured bird around Christmas time and nurses him back to health. While the disabled boy heals his injuries, a connection blossoms between the bird and the boy. The setting is at night. To bring about the magic of Christmas, the boy and the bird experience a Peter Pan moment while flying in the night sky the same night as Santa Claus. A beloved "tale" to warm the heart regardless of age or language. 

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The Adventure of Alex and Er is an imaginative and creative story of adventure and magic. A knight and his unicorn go on a quest to find a stolen broom from a childhood snowman friend. The knight leaves everything behind including his land and castle to pursue this quest. During the knight's journey, he and his mare come across three lakes. The knight learns that each lake once was a kingdom that is under a spell. There is rhyme scheme for kids to enjoy and beautiful illustrations. Both Alex and Er overcome obstacles, encounter magical creatures, and help people during their adventure.

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The Tocks on the Clock is a story about a girl named Desi who travels with her cat and dog to visit the twelve monsters known as the Tocks. The monsters represent each hour on the clock, teaching children about time. The books is fun, silly, and written in rhyme scheme to keep little ones attention span. The illustrations are eye popping, and there are small texts converted into the illustrations in the background for an extra read for fun. For example, the nursery rhyme Hickory Dickory Dock is written on the wall in the background where one of the monsters lives.

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Fishy, Fishy is a lovely children's picture book that lets kids be a part of Fishy's day. The book lets little ones tag along with Fishy as he finds food, plays with friends, sings, and basically goes on a mini adventure in the sea. The book is happy, upbeat, and perfect for little ones to engage in the life of a fish. It is a simple story, but it's written in rhyme scheme and has beautiful illustrations to keep little kids attention. This is a short read, but a good read. 

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Beau Devereaux is a teenage psychopath who struggles to maintain a respectable image. His dad is a well-known business owner, and Beau is expected to take over the family business one day. Beau is quarterback of the school football team and has a reputation of being a good sport. However, Beau has dark demons struggling to come out. The river, a place where Beau and his buddies like to party, is the only place where Beau's demons come out to play. The river has an Abbey where Beau can inflict pain on others in private, and with a well know rich family, there is no one to stop him.

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The Bright Promise describes a group of diverse animals that looks hopefully to God's promise, which is shown through a rainbow after a heavy rainfall. The animals happily play together while the author describes each animal in slight detail through a rhyme scheme to attract young children. This is a fun story that teaches kids about animals, happiness, and hope. This is the perfect book for faith-based families. 



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