Rosie’s Magic Horse

Rosie’s Magic Horse

by Russell Hoban & Quentin Blake

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Published: Candlewick (February 26, 2013)

Recommend Reading Age: 4 & up

In a nutshell: In my opinion, you can never have too many “dream big” books.  Books that remind you that anything is possible and will provoke that little voice inside of you that says, “You can do it if you put your mind to it!” When I first heard author Russell Hoban (late author of the classics Bedtime for Frances, Bread and Jam for Frances) and illustrator Quentin Blake (famously known for his Roald Dahl illustrations) teamed up again for a new picture book, I nearly did a back-flip. Two children’s literature greats I’m a big fan of in one picture book about a flying horse? Right on!

Discarded after the sweetness of the ice-pop (read popsicle) is gone, an ice-pop stick is thrown to the gutter. Until one day, when along comes a special girl named Rosie who rescues the stick from the ground and admits it to her ice-pop stick collection. Feeling glum without their icy identities, the sticks decide to fantasize about a new role they can preform- being a horse. The following night, Rosie goes to bed after hearing her troubled parents discuss their bills, thinking of ways she can help her them. In their determined hope, the ice-pop sticks and Rosie’s wildest dreams come true. Midnight strikes and the sticks magically turn into a horse and take Rosie on a wild, treasure-seeking adventure.

Magic, a flying horse, a fantastical adventure, and an appearance of gritty pirates, all produced by an author and illustrator who have raised and continue to raise a great many of readers, Rosie’s Magic Horse is a solid win. It is a gem of a book that reminds us to believe in the impossible. And did I mention there is a flying horse?

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Extras: Sir Quentin Blake was knighted last week!

Source of book reviewed: Many thanks to the generous people at Candlewick for providing a copy of this book for review.


4 Responses to “Rosie’s Magic Horse”

  1. Jenna says:

    Oh my, we definitely need to get a copy of this.

    Thanks for the review!

  2. COOL! way cool. love the art! this looks positively adorable.

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