Good Boy, Achilles! is a chapter book intended to entertain, yet teach important spiritual truths to eight-to-ten -year-olds. Through the power of storytelling, the author, Eddie Ellis, provides young people a way to learn about God's purpose, sacrifice, and obedience while enjoying a simple tale about a boy and his dog.
As luck would have it, Good Boy, Achilles! is targeted toward my junior book reviewer, Ms. Brooklyn Heath. Brooklyn is eight years old, an avid reader, and a dog owner. Perfect fit. Brooklyn and her mom, Shae, read Good Boy, Achilles! together which Brooklyn, by the way, reported was her favorite part of this experience—reading with her mom.
I know. Precious.
My junior reviewer reports she liked the story very much, especially the ending. Once she caught on to the fact the dogs were talking and who the messenger was, she understood the story much better.
Brooklyn admitted she had some trouble with a few of the words and was glad her mom was there to assist her with the reading and understanding of parts of the plot. Some descriptions in the story made her extremely sad, but to avoid spoilers we won't reveal those specific sections. However, by the end, she felt good about the overall story and learned a lot about Jesus.
From a parent's perspective, this book is extremely well-written. Eddie Ellis does a fantastic job of switching points of view and realistically looking at the world through the eyes of several perspectives—dogs, adults, parents, puppies, and children. The overall truths presented in the story are great points for discussion between parents and children. I would recommend this book as one discussed and not merely read.
Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.