Bison Blog

An Erutuf National Park Novel

Children - Adventure
142 Pages
Reviewed on 04/20/2024
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Author Biography

Kathy Arnold Cherry is author of the magical and entertaining Erutuf National Park book series that provides action-packed adventure, humor, and magic for children. As an avid national park fan, she incorporates the enchantment of real national parks into this imaginary world.

Kathy studied anthropology and political science at Indiana University and earned a Master’s degree at DePaul University. Originally from Chicago, she lives in Northern California with her husband, two children, and pup. Kathy has traveled to many national parks and dreams about the next one.

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    Book Review

Reviewed by Courtnee Turner Hoyle for Readers' Favorite

In Bison Blog: An Erutuf National Park novel by Kathy Arnold Cherry, Reese Walters rushes home and tells her brother, Dean, about a mistake she made at school. They reminisce about their trip to Erutuf National Park, and she explains that she told her best friend, Olivia, about it. The first time they visited the park, the children arrived by magical means through a tablet, but Olivia didn't believe Reese's story. Minutes after their conversation, Reese's tablet transports them to the park again, and they meet Lamar, a talking bison. They discover wagons full of books, and Dean locates one that might explain the Erutuf National Park in detail. While the siblings discover a new area of the park, Olivia's mother makes her go to Reese's house to apologize, and Olivia's little brother, Jake, tags along. They find Olivia's tablet and are swept up in an unexpected adventure in a magical national park.

Aside from beautifully combining fantasy elements into a national park setting, Kathy Arnold Cherry incorporates current devices and slang into her story so children will feel comfortable as they read. The detailed map gives young readers a good visual of the children's location in the park and shows other areas where future stories in the series may take place. Readers will learn interesting facts, like the difference between a bison and a buffalo, and information specifically about bison. Between trying to give each other trail names, Jake speaking in acronyms, Dean's jokes, and Olivia's occasional negativity, the four children must work together to find a map to get back. Cherry shows realistic struggles between the siblings and friends and reveals the way they effectively handle their disagreements. Children who like adventure stories with magical realism and themes of friendship will enjoy Bison Blog.

Antoinette Wessels

In Bison Blog: An Eurtuf National Park Novel by Kathy Arnold Cherry, siblings Reese and Dean are again transported to Eurtuf National Park, a magical place where animals talk and magic is real. The national park is kept going by a special elixir that pirates want to steal, and it’s up to Reese and Dean to find the map to the elixir so they can hide it and keep the park safe. Reese and Dean are called to help a bison named Lamar. In a surprising turn of events, Reese and Dean are joined by their good friends Olivia and Jake. Together, they go on an adventure to locate the map, but will they find it before the pirates and keep the national park safe?

Bison Blog by Kathy Arnold Cherry is an entertaining book for children aged eight to eleven. It is filled with fun facts about bison, so children learn about bison while reading a story filled with magic. Bison Blog is easy to read and will be enjoyed by girls and boys alike. I enjoyed the special bond between Reese and Dean. This will educate children about the importance of family. The fight scenes with the pirates are written in a way that ensures younger children won’t be scared but are still action-packed enough to be enjoyable. Children between the ages of eight and eleven still have short attention spans, and Bison Blog isn’t unnecessarily long, which ensures that these age groups will never lose interest. I am looking forward to my little girl reading this book. Younger children who love animals will enjoy reading this fun-filled book.

Emily-Jane Hills Orford

Reese thought she could share her stories about an exciting adventure she had with her brother, Dean, at Erutuf National Park. But when the story becomes an adventure that pulls the two through a video to a different location, her best friend, Olivia, is skeptical, to say the least. It doesn’t matter; not really. Reese and Dean had agreed not to tell anyone about their adventures. In Kathy Arnold Cherry’s Bison Blog, they’re on yet another adventure, taken through the video into Erutuf where a talking bison, named Lamar, asks for their assistance to save the park. There are pirates on the lookout for a missing treasure and the siblings are challenged to protect the secret map that marks its location. Can they? Will they be able to protect the park yet again?

Kathy Arnold Cherry’s middle-grade novel, Bison Blog: An Erutuf National Park Novel, is a fascinating mix of fantasy, fiction, ecology, national park heritage, and saving the planet. Not to mention that it’s a fun read, too. Following the previous adventure story in Erutuf National Park, the siblings embark on yet another adventure, which turns out to be just as educational and sensational as the previous one. The characters are well developed and the plot moves forward with ease. Dialogue is used effectively to further the plot development, set the stage for the story, and build the characters. This is a great story for young readers who will enjoy learning more about the national parks and their natural treasures while following a fantastical mystery.