“Bentley’s Fantabulous Idea” by Miki Taylor

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Bentley’s Fantabulous Idea

Miki Taylor
Miriam Laundry Publishing (2023)
ISBN:  978-1998816941
Reviewed by Susan Violante for Reader Views (01/2024)

“Bentley’s Fantabulous Idea” by Miki Taylor begins with an introduction where the author shares some background information about the inspiration behind Bentley and Betty, the two main characters of this cute, almost musical story. The author also takes the opportunity to let readers interact in the journey by challenging them to find a hidden cardinal bird and her grandmother’s favorite flower. I particularly loved the opportunity of the challenge and read the book twice to find the hidden characters!

After the introduction, the story begins with Bentley and Betty introducing themselves and their loyal friend, Mr. Bee. They always played outside in their tree house and playground. But one day Betty didn’t seem like her happy self. She was worried about a school project that seemed impossible to complete. But, thanks to Bentley’s idea, and her imagination, the three of them were able not only to accomplish the project but also to learn and have fun while at it.

Miki Taylor created cute, wonderful characters in a child’s mind where all is possible through a well-written, uplifting story. Helped by the beautiful illustrations of Eunhye Shin, children are encouraged to explore their imagination universe to learn and understand the real world. In this book’s case, to learn about animals and how they relate to each other.

I loved that the writing style was rhymey and musical. The chanting repetition allows for reading fun performing when a parent reads it to their kids as well as direct interaction from kids chanting along. The book also had black-and-white illustrated pages with content that did not necessarily have anything to do with the story but inspired more direct interaction from the audience. My only wish, in my opinion, was a cleaner interior design and structure, as the book somehow felt a little too busy and disjointed for me. I just can’t put my finger on what it was that made it feel that way, but it did.

Overall, “Bentley’s Fantabulous Idea- Special Edition” by Miki Taylor is a well-written and beautifully illustrated, cute, rhyming, and interactive picture book for early to young readers that can also be enjoyed in group settings as a read-along. Miki Taylor is definitely an author to follow!

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