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 12 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 9 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, Davey & Derek Book 6, and Abby & Holly Books 1 & 2 all won Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards. Abby & Holly Book 1 School Dance won a Bronze Medal from Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. Book 5 of Davey & Derek also won a Silver Medal from Authorsdb Cover Contest. Hunting Mariah and Mariah’s Revenge were Finalists in Authorsdb First Lines Contest, Book 4 of Davey & Derek Series was a Finalist in Red City Review and received a 5-Star Review from Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. 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 4 of Abby & Holly series for girls and a Dragon series for young children. A YA fantasy series will be coming in 2020 and beyond 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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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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