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This lighthearted early chapter book, which launches the Horse Crazy series, is set in Lester's (Are We There Yet?) and Harvey's (In the City: Our Scrapbook of Souvenirs) native Australia. Horse-loving best friends Bonnie and Sam detect a change in Drover, the mare that Sam's father rides on his police rounds. Longing to run free, Drover, it turns out, has swapped places with an identical brumby (wild horse) that prefers the safety of the paddock (Both horses saw the life they wanted, with only the fence in their way). After the girls secretly break in the new Drover to prepare her for her job, the horse takes some humorous missteps—following a baker into his shop—before finally getting a chance to save the day. Harvey's ink and watercolor pictures cheerily depict life in the bush and capture the personalities of the heroines and their equine friends. Off to a snappy start, the series continues with The Circus Horse, also out. Ages 5–8. (Mar.)
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Alison Lester is an Australian author and illustrator, whose books have been published worldwide.
Roland Harvey is an award-winning illustrator living in Australia.
From my 9-year-old daughter:
This book was good I would recommend it too people who
Ride horses!!!!!!! I love this book very much so should you!!
Nice cover photo and good story. Wish you could have bought all the books in a box set but still a nice gift.Published 21 months ago by Donna Cederstrand
While I too acknowledge that this book was a little confusing in the beginning for my 7 year old, she really enjoyed it. Read morePublished on September 21, 2012 by M. Baker
My grandaughter (5) and I read this on my kindle in one afternoon. She kept saying "let's read more Nana". Read morePublished on July 18, 2012 by Carol Houseman
I liked this book. The plot and characters are fun. Bonnie and Sam were characters that the children I read the book to could relate to easily. Read morePublished on February 24, 2010 by L. MB
A great little book with value between the pages. Young readers will enjoy this story and all the others in the Horse Crazy series. Read morePublished on January 18, 2010 by Caroleinwv
Got this for my little niece but some how she thinks it was simply ok. To put it in her words the main characters were far too obsessed with horses.Published on January 3, 2010 by Martial Arts Damsel
The recipe: girls and horses. It seems to be a successful recipe in that our own experience with dressage, western riding, and all things horse, the girls all just seem enthralled... Read morePublished on December 22, 2009 by stinhoutx
Anytime my children are engaged in a story long enough that takes them away from the nothingness of electronic games, I have to strongly recommend it. Read morePublished on December 20, 2009 by Christina Boyd @xtnaboyd