TITLE: Adriean Simcox Does NOT Have a Horse
AUTHOR: Marcy Campbell
ILLUSTRATOR: Corinna Luyken
PUBLISHER: Dial Books For Young Readers, 2018
Adrian Simcox tells anyone who will listen that he has a horse–the best and most beautiful horse anywhere.
But Chloe does NOT believe him. Adrian Simcox lives in a tiny house. Where would he keep a horse? He has holes in his shoes. How would he pay for a horse?
The more Adrian talks about his horse, the angrier Chloe gets. But when she calls him out at school and even complains about him to her mom, Chloe doesn’t get the vindication she craves. She gets something far more important.
WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THIS BOOK : Most children (and many adults) like to tell a good story. They’ll even exaggerate some details to entertain their audience. When Adrian tells all the kids on the playground he owns an exceptional horse, everyone believes his story. Everyone except Chloe. And that’s when the trouble begins between the two. Chloe constantly attempts to debunk Adrian’s story but he never waivers in his tale. It will take a surprise visit from Chloe and her mom to Adrian’s poor dwellings for the young girl to finally uncover something more important than whether Adrian is telling the truth. It will change forever how she sees the world. A good addition to any library!
RATING: ****4 Stars****
1 star…probably not worth your time.
2 stars…there are some things to like but some elements could have been stronger.
3 stars…this story w5ill appeal to some readers, but others might find it lacking something.
4 stars…strong story, nice illustrations, and should grab the attention of many readers.
5 stars…superbly written story, stellar illustrations, a must addition to any book lovers’ collection!
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Hybrid published author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo by day and a ‘ninja’ writer of flash fiction, children’s picture books, chapter books, young adult novels and inspirational essays by night. Donna offers occasional BOOK NOOK REVIEWS of great children’s books and offers WRITERLY WISDOM to new and established writers. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, Alliance of Independent Authors, and Children’s Book Insider. Donna loves dark chocolate, going to the beach and adding to her growing book collection.
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