Saturday, December 17, 2011

The Wicked Good Stepmother by William G. Bentrim

Title: The Wicked Good Stepmother

Author: William G. Bentrim

Illustrator: Flavia Conley

Published: Createspace, November 2011

Pages: 40

Summary: Children have many mysteries that they courageously face on a daily basis. One of my goals in writing is to demystify or explain to children the basis for some of the confusing situations in their lives. Life today seems to have destabilized many of the traditional family matrixes. Divorce, separation and death are not uncommon tribulations that children may face. This book addresses and attempts to alleviate some of the fears that children may have to the introduction of a “new” mother by their father’s remarriage.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: 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 they take up the whole page so you’re never bored.

Overall, I would definitely suggest this book to young kids who have the impression that stepmothers are wicked.  It is unique and brilliantly written.  Well worth a read.

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