Children’s Book Review – Charlie the Horse by Deanie H. Dunne

Charlie's cover from Amazon

Deanie H. Dunne is a professional equestrian who has won awards for her prowess in jumping.  She has put all her knowledge into some fascinating and educational books for children.  I reviewed two of her books previously and this is her third, Charlie the Horse.

All Deanie’s books are beautifully illustrated by her talented sister, Holly Humphreys-Bajaj.

Children will enjoy this delightful story about Charlie who is born from a long line of championship race horses.  Charlie is a handsome horse with black hair and a crooked white blaze on his face.  He wants very much to be a champion like his father and grandfather.  He gets advice along the way from General Quick, an old retired racehorse.  Charlie learns that it is not as easy as he thought to be a champion racehorse and that it takes a lot of hard work and dedication to succeed.  He has friends Buddy and Glory who also are learning how to race.  They help each other by encouraging and supporting one another during their training and practice races.  Charlie has an engaging personality that will capture the hearts of children of all ages.  The readers will find themselves cheering Charlie on in each of his races with enthusiasm.

This sweet story will help children understand that it is important to respect and encourage one other to succeed at whatever one chooses to do in life.   Children will learn that persistence and discipline will earn them great rewards.  A worthwhile and enjoyable read for children.  I give this book five stars.


This book is available on  Check out the author’s blog at:

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About jjspina

Janice is an award-winning author with 15 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 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 books have received 20 Book Awards and a few Finalists in contests. AWARDS: MOM'S CHOICE AWARDS - SILVER MEDAL - Lamby the Lonely Lamby, Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon PINNACLE BOOK ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS - Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, Books 1, 2, 3, 5, & 6. Abby & Holly Series, Books 1-3 READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS - HONORABLE MENTION - Davey & Derek Book 1, READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS - SILVER MEDAL - Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, Book 3 READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS - BRONZE MEDAL - Abby & Holly Book 1 PINNACLE BOOK ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS - Jerry the Crabby Crayfish, Broose the Moose on the loose, Colby the Courageous Cat, Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe, Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey BOOK EXCELLENCE AWARD - FINALIST - Davey & Derek Book 6 Authorsdb Cover Contest Silver Medal - Davey & Derek Book 5 FINALISTS: Authorsdb First Lines Contest, - Hunting Mariah and Mariah's Revenge were Finalists Red City Review Awards - Finalist - Davey & Derek Book 4 and received a 5-Star Review from Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. READERS’ FAVORITE BOOK AWARDS - 5-STAR REVIEW - Davey & Derek Book 4 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 a novel and Book 4 of Drystan the Dragon series for young children. A YA fantasy series will be coming in 2021 and beyond along with more children's books and novels for 18+. 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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6 Responses to Children’s Book Review – Charlie the Horse by Deanie H. Dunne

  1. Thank you so much for this wonderful review of Charlie the Horse, Janice! You did a fantastic job, as always and I so appreciate your work and dedication. Wishing you every blessing always,

  2. Some people have left comments on my blog, mentioning what a great job you did on this review, Janice. I’m glad they recognize your talents.

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