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The Adventures of Hardy Belch by William G. Bentrim
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Mar 14, 10

Recommended for: Children 8-10
Read in April, 2010, read count: 1

Hardy Belch, a sensible and bespectacled twelve-year old and his gigantic Dane/mastiff mix, Tiny, embark on three adventures in this delightful new chapter book by William Bentrim. Tiny, who was irradiated at a nuclear power plant as a pup, has telepathic abilities, and can communicate with Hardy--an able (and mischievous) companion for their adventures. Hardy Belch, despite his unusual name, has a penchant for trying to save the world, first reforming the school bully, then befriending a horribly disfigured man whom others call the 'green monster', and finally, in the most entertaining of the three tales, tricking the town slackers into being pirates to teach a corrupt politician/businessman a lesson about fair market competition. The first two stories come with didactic explanations at the end about bullying and prejudice, which teachers might find useful in the classroom. But they do not detract from these delightful stories, whimsically illustrated by the author. Appropriate for children 8-10.
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