Sunday, January 4, 2015

The Bella Chronicles ~ The Adventure Begins ~ Erica Leigh Austin

  • File Size: 762 KB
  • Print Length: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Chadwick Publishing; 1 edition (November 24, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00Q55NSTY

 November 24, 2014

Bella the Shih Tzu is in the throes of her great escape, searching for the loving home she’s always wanted. She hears someone cry out that there’s a dog in the street! Bella immediately puts her escape on hold and springs into action as she frantically tries to save the dog…but she can’t find him. What will Bella do???

The Bella Chronicles: The Adventure Begins brings to life the journey of an extraordinarily smart, wonderful, and special dog named Bella as she wills her way to find a home full of love and warmth – and food! Told from Bella’s perspective, The Bella Chronicles is a warm and loving piece of literature that pet lovers’ and children alike have been awaiting…

The Bella Chronicles: The Adventure Begins is the first in a heartwarming, humorous, insightful and action-packed chapter book series for young readers who have always wondered just what it is that their little pets are thinking.

My take on this book:
The Bella Chronicles :The Adventure Begins by Erica Leigh Austin introduces readers to a four year old Shih Tzu named Bella who was so unhappy in her old home that she decided to run away, hoping to someday find someone who would truly love her. She didn't really devise a plan she just decided to go, but when she hears someone say that there is a dog in trouble she doesn't hesitate to stop and help. Soon though she realizes that there are two women chasing her, will she be able to get away from them and if she does where will she go?

 An action packed, easy to read chapter story that is certain to capture the imagination of young and old alike.  I found myself drawn into the story of Bella and whether or not she would find a forever home. The Bella Chronicles : The Action Begins is such a wonderful story where Erica Leigh Austin allows readers to see the story unfold through the eyes of Bella and the many animal friends that she meets!  I love the way the animals communicate.There always seems to be plenty of animal drama going on and Bella always winds up right in the  middle of it! The author allows Bella to deal with plenty of issues that young readers may be facing as well, such as bullying and making new friends. Bella often has a sharp sense of humor which had me laughing out loud as I visualised the scenes that Erica Leigh Austin described, such as Bella getting dressed up, or going to the vet. I could just imagine Bella standing up to those mean bullies and being rescued by a few of her friends. The descriptive writing paired together with very well done illustrations allows the characters to jump from the pages and right into my imagination. I could easily visualise Charley the squirrel or Barney the cat. Each animal character had a very unique personality and I found myself anxious to see who the author might introduce next. I became so absorbed in the story that I really felt like I was seeing the adventures unfold thru the eyes of the animals. I loved this story and the splash of mystery and suspense the author provided made for a page turning read. The bombshell ending that Ms. Austin provides certainly piques my interest in the next book in The Bella Chronicles Series! 

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