(B) Ages 4-8, Book Reviews, Boys, Picture Books
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*Adrian Simcox does NOT Have a Horse

Adrian insists that he has a horse, but Chloe argues the obvious facts until she learns to see through his eyes.

*Campbell, Marcy. Adrian Simcox Does NOT Have a Horse. Ill. By Corinna Luyken. Dial Books for Young Readers, 2018.

  • Reading Level: Picture book, ages 4-8
  • Recommended For: Ages 4-8

Adrian Simcox has an imagination as vibrant as his hair, much to the annoyance of his classmate, Chloe. Why does he insist that he has a horse, when everyone knows he is too poor and lives in town with his grandpa in a tiny house with no yard? Chloe’s patience is exhausted and she complains to anyone who will listen until her mother invites her to go on a walk to face the situation in person.

Outstanding illustrations suggest magnificent horses among the messy reality Adrian lives in, while Chloe’s irritation is credible. Not a word is wasted in this gracious tale of learning compassion and the humility of seeing through your neighbor’s eyes.

Cautions: none

Overall Rating: 5

  • Artistic Rating: 5
  • Worldview Rating: 5
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