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Book by Holiday House Publishers:
|The Best Horse Ever|
by Alice DeLaCroix
Ronald Himler, Illustrator
Trade Binding | size: 51/2x81/4 | US $15.95 | ISBN: 9780823422548Themes:Animals/Fiction, Friendship
Recommendations: A, SLJ
Grade: THIRD | Age: 6 to 10 | Season: SPRING
Pub date: 2010-04-15 | Pages: 80
The beginning of the story was rather slow due to the wording. The words could have been stronger to make Abby’s desire more vivid.
I wasn’t endeared to Abby, but I liked her.
Abby almost lost her best friend. The author should have expounded on this.
Poor description of Mom: Mom was tall and thin-except for a few bumps here and there-and Abby was sure she would grow up that way, too.
Slowly he moved a couple steps farther from her.
They’re all waking up now we’re here.
She had fed Griffin and made him happy. She had turned him out to run and graze and made him happy. (The repetitive "and made him happy" is disconcerting.)
A review by Kirkus Review : "Pacing uneven and conflict between best-friends forced." https://www.kirkusreviews.com/
Recommendation: THE BEST HORSE EVER is a book I might give to a child who likes horses, but I wouldn’t buy it. It’s not captivating.