*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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Megan is Associate Editor for Redeemed Reader who loves nothing more than helping readers (and non-readers) find books which are not only a good fit for them, but also combine Truth and Story. She has never regretted reading all those fairy tales in childhood, even though she didn’t realize at the time how much they matter to real life. She is the founder of Literaritea Press and plans to publish her first picture book soon. Megan lives with her husband and five boys in Virginia where she enjoys knitting, playing with words, and mountain views.


  1. Adrianna Espino on May 29, 2019 at 9:03 am

    Bought this for a granddaughter for her next birthday. I read it and liked it. Now I’m happy have your recommendation also.

    • Megan on May 29, 2019 at 2:34 pm

      Thank you, Adrianna! I’m glad you enjoyed it as much as I did.

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