Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Bentley and the Magic Sticks by Claire Eckard - Book Tour & Review + Giveaway

Join us for this tour from June 21 to July 16, 2021!

Book Details:

Book Title:  Bentley and the Magic Sticks by Claire Eckard
CategoryChildren's Fiction (Ages 3-7),  38 pages
Genre:  Children's Picture Book
PublisherMill City Press, Inc
Release date:   April 2021
Content Rating:  G for everyone.

Book Description:

Bentley and the Magic Sticks follows this extra-large canine as he finds out that his favorite sticks have magical powers, thanks to a wonderful Fairy Dogmother called Tia! Because other dogs are afraid of his large size Bentley has no one to play with. However, with his magic sticks he manages to make new friends and he also discovers the special secret of why he is so big.

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My Review
Bentley and the Magic Sticks is a super cute children's book with a heartwarming ending. 
Bentley the dog is a bit different. He's very large, and the other dogs don't want to play with him. This makes Bentley sad. He's lonely and just wants a friend. 
With the help of his Fairy Dogmother, Bentley might just get his wish.
I found this to be an adorable read. It's sweet and engaging, and the illustrations are delightful. Young readers will absolutely love Bentley and want to be his friend too. 
A must-read children's book for dog lovers.
5 stars!

Author Interview

First, congratulations on your recent Mom’s Choice Award! How did that make you feel?

Oh my Gosh. That was a really good Day! There are so many reasons for writing and publishing, and I’d never really thought much of the award aspect, but it’s so wonderful to be recognized for something you have worked hard for. The Mom’s Choice Award was like icing on the cake, because we had already received several five-star reviews from Readers Choice that week, and also been notified that we are a Certified Good Read from Reading with Your Kids, so we were very happy already!

I know you’ve done a couple of podcasts. How was it being interviewed?

It was really fun! I am used to doing public speaking, so I wasn’t nervous, just curious as to how it was going to go. I did a one-hour interview with Library Laura, and we had a great time chatting about Bentley and The Magic Sticks, and also about other books that we recommended, and authors we follow. I was worried we wouldn’t be able to fill a while hour, but it went by fast! Then I did a half-hour podcast with Jed from Reading with Your Kids which hasn’t aired yet. But I feel good about it. He really put me at ease and had a lot of wonderful things to say about my book!

Other than writing, what are some of the challenges you’ve faced becoming an author?

Good question! Because there have been quite a few. I knew that I wanted to make a career out of this, so it was important to me to create a team of people I like working with and stick with them. I had to find a publisher, illustrators, editors, and a marketing team because I knew I wouldn’t have the time or contacts to do everything myself. I feel that I have connected with some really amazing people and organizations during my search, such as Lori and Alysson of Foreword Publicity. Without them, I wouldn’t have known how to push my book sales out past family and friends. They have become an invaluable part of my team.

Speaking of finding the perfect team, where did you find your illustrator for Bentley and the Magic Sticks? Her illustrations are fabulous!

Yes, they are!!! With children’s books especially it is often the illustrations that sell the book first, so it was important to me to have someone who could bring my characters to live using vibrant colors and wonderfully expressive drawings. Anne did all that and more! Luckily, she was a friend already, but I hadn’t realized how talented she was in this area. I knew her as a fabulous artist and a very creative person but had no idea that she and I would be such a great team when it came to children’s books. We are so excited to be working with each other in this new capacity!

So, what is next for you? Any new projects you can share with us?

Absolutely! I’d be happy to! First, there will be a new book coming out about Bentley called Bentley’s Best Birthday Ever! Since Bentley has only just found friends, he has never had a birthday to share with anyone, so this is a special event for him. I also introduce a new character, Bella, who is a chocolate Labrador. Also, this year I have a chapter book coming out that is part of a new series for middle graders and young adults. It’s called Gallant: The Call of the Trail. It’s a coming-of-age story set against the background of endurance riding which is long distance horseback riding. I’m really excited about both books for different reasons! Gallant allowed me to expand my reading audience and challenge my writing abilities, while Bentley was like having a new adventure with an old friend. I feel incredibly blessed!


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!

connect with the author: website ~ facebook ~instagram ~ goodreads ~ bookbub
Tour Schedule:

June 21 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
June 22 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / author interview / giveaway
June 23 – Rockin' Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
June 23 - @twilight_reader – book review
June 24 – A Mama's Corner of the World – book review / giveaway
June 25 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review / guest post / giveaway
June 28 – The Bespectacled Mother – book spotlight
June 29 – Lisa Everyday Reads – book spotlight / guest post
June 30 – Laura's Interests – book review / guest post / giveaway
June 30 - Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
July 1 – icefairy's Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway
July 2 – Cheryl's Book Nook – book review / giveaway
July 6 – Pick a Good Book – book review / author interview / giveaway
July 7 – Reading is My Passion – book review
July 8 – Pause for Tales – book review / giveaway
July 8 - Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / author interview / giveaway
July 9 – Lisa's Reading – book spotlight / author interview
July 12 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
July 13 – Because I said so -- and other adventures in Parenting – book review / author interview / giveaway
July 14 – Sandra's Book Club – book review
July 15 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway
July 16 – Kam's Place – book review

Enter the Giveaway: 

Bentley and the Magic Sticks Book Tour Giveaway




  1. Thank you so much for the wonderful review! I have many more adventures in store for Bentley! It's wonderful to see the response from kids all over the world!


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