Hardy Belch and The Predator: Addressing Internet Safety by William Bentrim

26 Aug

hardybelchHardy Belch and The Predator: Addressing Internet Safety by William Bentrim

(The Adventures of Hardy Belch Book 7)

52 pages – ages 9+
Published by Bearly Tolerable Publications on May 27, 2014

Hardy Belch was excited! For Christmas he got the newest video game and it was AWESOME! Hardy’s cousin, Mardi a portable version of the same game. She tells Hardy that a friend online has been gifting her extra game boosts. Hardy is excited because he thinks that maybe someone will gift him extra stuff online! But when Mardi says she is going to meet up with this online “friend” named Amy, Hardy gets worried. What if Amy really isn’t Amy?

Wow – this is an important book! The message of internet safety is something every kid needs to hear and every parent needs to teach. Mr. Bentrim addresses the issue very well and creates a believable situation for Hardy and Mardi to be in. I can see this happening. The illustrations in the book go along with the story very well. Mr. Bentrim gets this serious message across in a very kid friendly way. The only issue I had with the book is that this is the first Hardy Belch book I have read in the series (this one is the 7th) and it took me a while (and a couple of times re-reading) to realize that Hardy’s dog, Tiny, is telepathic and Hardy understands his thoughts. Once I understood the characters, the story read well and it left me really thinking about the message of safety in the book.

Four out of five bookworms for Hardy Belch and The Predator. fourbooks


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27 Responses to “Hardy Belch and The Predator: Addressing Internet Safety by William Bentrim”

  1. julie rowan zoch August 26, 2014 at 4:10 pm #

    LOVE the character’s name!


  2. ibpurpledragon August 26, 2014 at 5:01 pm #

    Eric, thanks for the thoughtful post. I hope it gets some kids to think about who they might “really” be chatting with on the web.


  3. Darlene August 26, 2014 at 9:31 pm #

    How timely. Kids need to know about this (and parents too!)


  4. KidLitReviews August 27, 2014 at 1:31 am #

    Wow, I like the cover . . . until I saw the top creature and it scared me a bit. Taken as a whole it is a good cover for the subjects. A very important subject for kids and adults. I hope this book helps at least one kid stay safe. Bless the children.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks August 29, 2014 at 7:17 am #

      Yeah, I’m not 100% sure why that thing is on the top. Hmm. It is a great book to have though. πŸ™‚


      • ibpurpledragon August 29, 2014 at 8:06 am #

        I envisioned the dark cloud as the potential looming danger of the Internet. Thanks for the comment. I, too, hope my book will help at least one kid.


  5. patientdreamer August 27, 2014 at 2:51 am #

    Great post Eric. Very timely subject. Thanks!


  6. Niamh Clune Plum Tree Books August 27, 2014 at 5:11 am #

    I agree, Erik…a VERY important message about child safety. This is something that deeply concerns me. The internet can be a wonderful place that makes the world a global village and the imagination can roam free and express itself, but, unfortunately, and no parent likes to warn a child against predators, the internet is also a dangerous place.


  7. clarbojahn August 27, 2014 at 10:29 am #

    Thanks for another gerreat review, Erik. I’m passing this along to my grandson. This book seems necessary for todays young folk. So glad to see it here.


  8. readingwithrhythm August 27, 2014 at 12:12 pm #

    Love that name!! And a telepathic dog buddy! Excellent!


  9. Patricia Tilton August 28, 2014 at 12:58 pm #

    I agree — wow, what a great book. Doesn’t sound preachy. We need more books like this for kids.


    • ibpurpledragon August 28, 2014 at 2:41 pm #

      Hi, if I made be so bold as to suggest you check out the rest of my books at http://www.bentrim.info I have addressed bulleying in Short or Tall, Diabetes in Jack’s Diabetes, Domestic Violence in Mommy’s Black Eye and more. I try an put good moral values and address issues in all my books. Thank you for your kind words on this book.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks August 29, 2014 at 4:08 pm #

      I know what you mean! πŸ˜€


  10. Myra GB October 9, 2014 at 7:27 am #

    I agree with you when you noted that this is an important book. So many sleazy predators on the net.


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