________________ CM . . . . Volume XXIII Number 29 . . . . April 7, 2017


A Horse Named Steve.

Kelly Collier.
Toronto, ON: Kids Can Press, 2017.
32 pp., hardcover, $18.95.
ISBN 978-1-77138-736-1.

Preschool-grade 3 / Ages 3-8.

Review by Roxy Garstad.

**** /4



One day, while walking through the forest, Steve stumbles across a beautiful gold horn. Just lying there – can you believe it? Ribbon shmibbon! How lucky is this guy?

Steve smells the horn. Sniff sniff. Steve tastes the horn. Lick lick. Finally, Steve bites the horn. Nom nom. And then Steve knows this horn will make him exceptional.

Steve is no ordinary horse; at least, that is how he views himself. If he could only find a ribbon for his mane, then he could strut around proudly, his superiority on display. One day, Steve finds something even better than a ribbon, a golden horn. Carefully, he places it on his head where it proceeds to slip and slide in a series of comical moments. Steve's friends get in on the trend, too. But when Steve loses his horn, he is forced to accept his plain and natural appearance, concluding that everyone is special in her or his own way.

      A Horse Named Steve is a high speed, tightly woven read that will appeal to preschoolers and young elementary school children. Older kids will understand and appreciate the great sense of humour and fun quips throughout (as will parents). The illustrations are simple, with three main tones (black, white, and tan), drawn with an angular style that complements the great sense of action and adventure described in the text.

      The children's picture book market has a glut of books on the uniqueness of each child, but A Horse Named Steve proves to be a fresh and witty take.

Highly Recommended.

Roxy Garstad is the Collections Librarian at MacEwan University in Edmonton, AB.

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