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Vividly illustrated children's book, describing a World Record holding Great Dane's quest to bring smiles to kids in hospitals.

Front Cover of Bentley's Children's Book
Front Cover of Bentley's Children's Book

Publishing Information for Bentley's Children's Book

Bentley’s Children’s Book is written by Patrick Malcom, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and illustrated by Hayley Davis, of London, England.   In writing the story line for the book, Patrick draws upon his five years’ experience with the real life Bentley.  Patrick has had two Great Danes and anyone who has lived with a Dane knows that they create stories, funny incidents and wonderful experiences almost on a daily basis.  The inspiration for the Bentley Children’s Book concept is derived from Patrick dealing with a nine year old family member going through chemotherapy in the hospital and wanting Bentley to visit him while he was there. 

Hayley Davis, is a concept artist, 2d animator, and all round illustrator for all things 2D and design!  She just completed her degree in Digital Character Animation at Teesside University in Middleborough, England, with an emphasis on concept art and illustration.  She worked with Disney Interactive Studios for a one year internship and, while there worked on several newly released and upcoming triple A titles.

The 32 page working draft of Bentley’s Book, including the text and illustrations, is completed.  The final draft will be ready to send to the printers shortly.  The book uses an open source font throughout.  We have confirmed bulk shipping rates within the continental United States and the book pledge amounts, shown herein, include all shipping costs. 

Bentley’s Book will be printed in the United States by a very reputable printing firm, Bookmasters, of Ashland, Ohio.  Bookmasters have assured us that our lead time from submission of our printing order to shipment of the completed book will be less than two months.

We hope to eventually obtain distribution agreements with one, or more, major retailers.  Our plan is for a series of Bentley Books, detailing Bentley’s various adventures.  We hope to create stories that children will relate to, and that also teaches some life lessons along the way.  The theme behind all of Bentley’s Books will be, “It’s OK to be different”.

Story Background to Bentley's Children's Book

Two years ago, Bentley was just a big hearted Great Dane living a normal dog's life with his family in Colorado. In 2010, his family learned that, Chase, their nine year old nephew in Nebraska, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma bone cancer. Chase immediately began intensive chemotherapy at Omaha Children's Hospital. While at the hospital Chase loved to see the little therapy dogs, and would tell everyone about this big Great Dane named Bentley. We decided to begin training Bentley to be a therapy dog with the hope that Bentley could come and visit Chase and the other children. Bentley worked hard to become a therapy dog. While Bentley was training he was also growing. By the end of the year Bentley was in the running for "World's Tallest Dog." While he eventually missed winning "World's Tallest Dog" by less than 1/4 inch, he was awarded "World's Longest Dog Tail" and "World's Tallest Therapy Dog." We decided that we didn't want to waste Bentley's training and wanted him to visit children in other hospitals.  A dog food company heard about Chase and Bentley and decided they wanted to help. They wanted Bentley to go visit children in hospitals all over the country and raise money and awareness for canine and children's cancer research. Bentley went to children's hospitals all over the United States and raised over $50,000 for cancer research. Now we want to put Bentley's experiences into a children's book. The book follows Bentley through the trials and tribulations of being so big, and his wanting to fit in. Bentley eventually finds his calling when he begins to volunteer at a hospital and learns that he can make the children laugh. Please help us bring Bentley's story to life with this inspirational children's book.

Bentley visiting the kids at Pittsburgh's Children's Hospital
Bentley visiting the kids at Pittsburgh's Children's Hospital
Bentley visiting the kids at Omaha Children's Hospital
Bentley visiting the kids at Omaha Children's Hospital
Bentley visiting the kids at Minnesota Children's Hospital
Bentley visiting the kids at Minnesota Children's Hospital
Sample page from Bentley's Children's Book
Sample page from Bentley's Children's Book
Sample page from Bentley's Children's Book
Sample page from Bentley's Children's Book
Sample page from Bentley's Children's Book
Sample page from Bentley's Children's Book

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Possible risks always include potential delays in publication and damages to the books during shipment. While most of the book has already been designed, written and illustrated, there could be some delay in completing the final publisher ready edition. If the project is successfully completed, plans are already in the works for a Bentley book series.

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