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Author: Andy Rash

Illustrator: Andy Rash

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Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Roy gets a saddle for his birthday and goes in search of a horse. He's never seen one, so he goes on a search. He meets a snake, a crab, a pig, and even a zebra. Once Roy sees a horse he looks it over and makes sure it has all the characteristics he has learned it should have. It has four legs, is friendly, doesn’t lay eggs, and it can run fast, but it doesn't have stripes. Has he really found a horse? This is a humorous picture book story about a boy trying to find a horse.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, learning to read, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 9

Interest Level: 4 to 8

Reading Level: 1.9

Age of Child: Read with and by a 5-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: My daughter picked this book because of the title, and she laughed every time Roy asked an animal if it was a horse ... every time we read the book. She learned that different animals can have unique characteristics, but can also be a lot a like. She also learned that books can be humorous as well as for learning.

Adult Reader Reaction: I was happy to see my daughter laughing and enjoying the story. This is cute and a quick read. It is a little bit silly that Roy would not know what a horse really looked like or that a saddle is meant for the horse’s back, not his. Still, the ending is funny, and any child would enjoy the story.

Pros: Humor, interesting facts about animals, and a funny ending make this an enjoyable book for parents and kids alike.

Cons: The idea that Roy has no idea what a horse looks like is a little far fetched.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is funny and you'll want to read it several times, but then you'll have had enough. This is a great book for library story time.


Educational Themes: Sometimes kids think all we do is try to teach with books. This is a great pick to show them that reading can be just for fun, too. You can talk about animals and animal characteristics, but you can also just enjoy the silliness.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal characters, humor

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2009

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