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The Wicked Good Stepmother

4.75  ·  Rating Details ·  8 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Children courageously face many confusing mysteries every day, that books can address. When families are changed by divorce, separation or death, a "new" mother may join the mix. So many traditional fairy tales address one kind of stepmother. Here is a balancing message.
Paperback, 40 pages
Published November 18th 2011 by Bearly Tolerable Publications
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Shellie (Layers of Thought)
Feb 28, 2012 Shellie (Layers of Thought) rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: families with step-parents
Original review post at Layers of Thought.

A self published children’s book that gives some insight into issues kids may be facing with their parents today, especially when it concerns a step parent - an often difficult relationship for children. It has sweet and fun color illustrations.

About: Billy and Susan have been living with grandma and grandpa for the past year while dad has been away fighting for their country. They miss him a lot and their mom too, who has recently passed away. Their new
William G. Bentrim has done it again. This time his book lets kids know that not all stepmothers are evil as portrayed in so many books.
I really like the way that the subject of a stepmother was approached and I have to say that this is the first time I’ve ever read a book where the stepmother wasn’t considered to be a bad person. So I definitely think that this is a good book for kids to read to show them that not all stepmothers are indeed wicked.
The illustrations are really gorgeous too and t
An Odd1
Sep 14, 2013 An Odd1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Positives? Illustrations where cute kids imagine green-skin witches, yet realize blue-eyed blonde can be evil too. Daddy's new wife, fellow soldier Melissa, says Boston expression is "wicked good", perfect for the title.

Negatives? Bonnie and Bradley are the same names as the bear kids in Mommy's Black Eye. Daddy looks like a girl.

Overall? Sweet, smart, memorable.
Barbara Smith
Nov 30, 2011 Barbara Smith rated it it was amazing
“The Wicked Good Stepmother,” by William G. Bentrim, is a nice story that will help ease the fears many children face these days. With divorce common, many children are faced with the insecurities and fears that go along with a new stepmother or stepfather. This fear may be worse in the case of a parent’s death and a remarriage by the remaining parent. In this book, Bentrim shows how Bonnie and Bradley face their fears of a new stepmother. They know all the scary stories of wicked stepmothers bu ...more
CV Smith
Nov 30, 2011 CV Smith rated it it was amazing
I think Mr. Bentrim captures the fears and emotions of children going through a massive change in their lives very effectively (in this case, a 2nd/'step' mother due to the death of the 1st wife/birth mother, but it could also easily lend itself to a divorce situation). The term ‘wicked good’ as explained in the end is a very cute touch. I liked that the author actually used the word ‘deployment’ describing the father's situation of having been away, as so many families over the past decade have ...more
Whit Gentry
Nov 30, 2011 Whit Gentry rated it it was amazing

William Bentrim has hit another homerun. The title would indicate that the story is about the new step mother and the kids, but the author makes the story applicable to the grandparents, the father, the mother, the step father, the step mother, and the kids. There are lessons to be learned by all involved, it's not as simple as it appears.

I was disappointed when I finished the story, I wanted it to continue. If we're lucky maybe the author will give us an in
Lisa Maddock
Dec 02, 2011 Lisa Maddock rated it it was amazing
Once again, I am impressed with Mr. Bentrim's ability to deliver, in a sensitive way, a story that takes on a difficult topic and will appeal to youngsters. The beautiful illustrations add to the emotion of the story. Even though you know it will turn out all right, as a reader, you sense the anticipation and worry of the kids and feel for them. I recommend this book to anyone with young children, especially those in a blended family situation.
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Mar 14, 2012 William Bentrim rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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I am currently working hard as an author, my 4th career. I owned and operated a convenience store for 10 years and a computer networking company for 25 years. I was a school teacher and counselor in the public schools. I am a proud husband, father and grandfather. I am someone who cares about the people around me, who wants to improve the society we all live in, who hopes on a daily basis to leave ...more
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