From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2-Horace is back with a new dilemma. This time he takes a truck he finds in the schoolyard, and refuses to give it to Walter, who claims it is his. When his teacher asks if the truck is Walter's, Horace denies it. When his mother asks about it, the little leopard says it is a gift from Walter. The adults' assurances that they know Horace is honest make him feel even worse about his behavior, and he has such a bad night that he is too sick to go to school the next day. Keller's watercolor-and-ink cartoons deftly capture the little animal's feelings of guilt and his relief when a get-well note from Walter provides a way for him to set things right. A two-page spread in which Horace's bed appears as a big orange truck against a black background powerfully conveys the young leopard's middle-of-the-night anxiety about what he has done. This story will provide a good springboard for discussion of a situation that will surely resonate with young readers.Marianne Saccardi, Norwalk Community College, CT
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In his third picture-book appearance, following Horace
(1991) and Brave Horace
(1998), the little leopard struggles with his conscience after telling a fib. In the schoolyard, he finds a toy truck, which he stows in his overall pocket. When it becomes too irresistible to keep hidden, he plays with it in the classroom. His friend Walter claims it, but Horace insists it's his, lying to his teacher, his mother, and even his doctor, who examines Horace when he feigns sickness, unable to face school. Holding in his secret, he suffers more turmoil, even nightmares, until a friend delivers get-well letters from his classmates, and a truce from Walter. Horace returns to school the next day, and the two friends share the toy. As in the previous titles, Keller describes a child's everyday distresses with accuracy and sensitivity, as bright, comforting, clean-lined illustrations invite children to explore and relate to Horace's dilemma without too much anxiety. Basic vocabulary and well-designed separations between text and image make this a good choice for beginning readers. Gillian EngbergCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved