Saturday, July 5, 2014

Bash and the Chicken Coop Caper - Review

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Back in September 2013, I had the opportunity to review the book Bash and the Pirate Pig by Burton Cole. Now there is a 2nd book in the Bash series, and I've been asked to review this book also. Ballerina and I really enjoyed the first book so I couldn't wait to read this one.

About Bash and the Chicken Coop Caper
Christian author Burton Cole and illustrator Tom Bancroft have brought Bash and his friends back for more colorful adventures. Their second novel, Bash and the Chicken Coop Caper, journeys through the wackiness that runs amok on Bash Hinglebobb's blizzard-blasted farm. There are mysterious footprints in the snow, vanishing mittens, misplaced eggs, and a pink, purple, and orange paisley sleeping bag on the move. Something is definitely amiss in the chicken coop.



While Bash is inventing such contraptions as a snowball catapult from inner tubes and underwear, his cousin Beamer Boxby, a city kid at heart, must help newcomer Lauren Rodriguez figure out why God lets horrible things happen to good people. Can Bash's Farmin' and Fishin' Book (the Bible) be believed when it says, "We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God?" What about when fire rolls through an animal building, or when a kid has lost her dad? It's time to find out alongside Bash and his friends - with a little help from an ice-skating pig, of course.

About the Author
Author and humorist Burton W. Cole is a Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist with 30 years of experience and more than 50 humor writing awards to his credit. Even at an early age, Cole found appreciation in the combination of reading, writing, and a creative sense of humor. He is now on a mission to shed some faith-inspired light on difficult topics for kids through art and colorful characters.

My Thoughts
Burton W. Cole has once again written a book perfect for middle-school aged children. In fact, I think I liked this one more than the first one. In pursuit of gathering the Fruit of the Spirit, Bash and Beamer get into all kinds of hilarious mischief. It wasn't all hilarity, though; there also was the mystery of what was going on in the chicken coop. What I loved the most were the touching moments where the characters learn about grace and talk about salvation - great reminders for anyone reading the book.

You can get your own copy of the book from B&H Publishing for the great price of $12.99.
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