4 out of 4 stars
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Rooster: A Field Trial Fable by author Edward Pontacoloni is a work of fiction about field trial dogs with a little fantasy thrown in.
When Mike tells his dad that he wants to get a hunting dog he never expects his whole world to change for the better. His dad takes him to see a pup that seems more interested in the strange blue butterfly flitting about his head than his possible new owners. It is almost as if the butterfly and pup are talking to each other. Rooster is not your average field trial dog. He is not a breed that normally makes good hunting dogs. But that won't stop him from going above and beyond and showing everyone that he has what it takes to be a field trial champ.
When Mike takes Rooster to a park to let him run, he runs into Tom who is training his field trial dogs. Mike convinces Tom to help him train Rooster to be a field trial dog. With Tom's expertise and the help of a mischievous blue butterfly/pooka, Rooster soon shows everyone how good a field trial dog he can be.
When I started reading this book I was unsure what to think. I honestly came close to not continuing to read it. I am extremely glad I decided to give it a shot though because it turned out to be such a charming story. I love how the author writes from a narrative point of view as if he is telling a tall tale over an open fire. Before this book I did not even know there was such a thing as field trialing. But the author was able to describe it in such a way that anyone can understand. I also loved how the author mixed the fantasy aspects into the story so seamlessly. I am so in love with this story!
I found no errors in this book, which leads me to believe it has been exceptionally well edited. I was unable to find a single thing about this book that I did not like. I felt like I was right there watching the story unfold. Due to the exceptional work put into this book, and how much I loved it, I give it a solid 4 out of 4 stars rating.
I recommend this book to all audiences. It would be a great read for any age. It was such a charming story, if you need a little bit of adventure with a fairy tale twist then this is the book for you.
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