New Children’s Book Review – Charlene the Star – 4/15/13


I would like to share with all of you these unique stories, Charlene the Star, and Hattie’s Heroes, written by author Deanie Humphrys-Dunne.  These books are about horses written from the horses’ point of view if horses could talk.  The author weaves a story about the main character, Charlene the Star who is from a long line of champion race horses.  Charlene has a mind of her own and does not want to be a race horse.  The2013-04-17 21.44.42 stories  involve what race horses have to do in order to become champions and how they need support and friends to be successful in their endeavors.  Children will love Charlene and cheer for her as she follows her dream.  Illustration at right is from the book.


Charlene the Star is the first book of the series followed by Hattie’s Heroes.  Charlene has horse friends Ann, Blossom and Lily who encourage her to pursue her dreams.  There are also other endearing characters who play important roles in the horses’ lives,  Elliott, the dog with the large head, Hattie, the chicken, and Wooliam, the sheep.  They share adventures along the way.   The author weaves a story in such a way as to teach children how to treat one another with kindness and respect and not to single any one out because of diversity.


The book covers are illustrated by the author’s sister, Holly Humphrys-Bajaj who is a talented artist.  She created a beautiful picture of the characters on each cover which are very life like, colorful and stunning.  There are a couple more illustrations within the books that are in black and white.  Look for more of these books at Avid Readers Publishing Company and Tate Publishing for Charlene the Star 2.



Check out Deanie’s blog at: and go to for her books which are now available on Kindle.


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This little creature I made from a pattern online at Hooked on Crochet.

Horse pictures courtesy of Wikimedia


About jjspina

Janice is an award-winning author with 12 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 7 middle-grade/preteen/young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 3 novels, and a short story collection written under J.E. Spina. She is also a writer of poetry, blogger, avid reader, reviewer and a copy editor. Janice has always loved writing and started very young writing poetry, then stories. Her children's book, Lamby the Lonely Lamby, won a Silver Medal in the Mom's Choice Awards. Book 1, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, The Case of the Missing Cell Phone, won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and Honorable Mention from Readers' Favorite Book Awards. Book 2, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, The Case of the Mysterious Black Cat, won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and so did Book 3, The Case of the Magical Ivory Elephant, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series. Jerry the Crabby Crayfish, Broose the Moose on the loose, Colby the Courageous Cat, Book 5, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost, and Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe, all won Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards. Book 5 of Davey & Derek also won a Silver Medal from Authorsdb Cover Contest. Hunting Mariah was a Finalist in Authorsdb First Lines Contest. Book 4 of Davey & Derek Series was a Finalist in Red City Review. All Janice's books are available on, Kindle, B&N and other online book sites. One of her sports' poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune in October of 2008. She is currently working on Book 3 of Abby & Holly series for girls, a fairy tale and Book 6 of Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series. A YA fantasy series will be coming in 2019 along with more children's books. Her hobbies are crocheting, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, going to the movies with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews. Sign up on her blog for a copy of her newsletters under Contact Me. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband who is her illustrator and cover creator.
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7 Responses to New Children’s Book Review – Charlene the Star – 4/15/13

  1. Thank you very much for your informative review of my books, Charlene the Star and Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes! Wishing you the best in all of your writing endeavors. You’re sure to succeed.

  2. I meant to also mention that I’m sure my sister appreciates your comments on her amazing talent. Also, the pictures and animations are so creative. I have never seen that done in a review. What a great idea!

  3. Reblogged this on welcometosuccess and commented:
    Reblogging! 🙂

  4. Janice, I nominated you for another award. Please visit my blog: to find out more.

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