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PublisherAndersen Press Ltd
Publication date4th May 2006
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Julia Eccleshare's comment:
Dozy mare is a lazy horse. She won’t go backwards, she won’t go forwards, she won’t trot, she won’t jump and she won’t perform tricks. Carrots, sugar lumps, ice cream – nothing will tempt Dozy Mare to do anything that is asked of her. But when she hears that her next sale will be to the butcher, Dozy Mare picks up her heels and runs and jumps and performs every trick imaginable. She’s not so dozy after all. It’s worth is to have freedom! Tony Ross’s capering Dozy Mare is a delight.
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SynopsisDozy Mare by Jeanne Willis
A lazy horse does nothing except standing still. She doesn't: 'giddy up' for the farmer, nor 'trot off' for his wife, nor play cowboys for their son, nor jump for their daughter. So she gets sold to a tinker, then to the circus, and then to a butcher. But the dozy dobbin demonstrates that, though lazy, she isn't stupid, and runs like the wind.
ReviewsRidiculous and entertaining pictures lie behind a liberating story. Guardian Tony Ross's cartooning marries wondrously absurd images with unhibited colour combinations.
TES Dozy Mare is another great collaboration by this pair, who create much visual and verbal humour from the story of a very lazy horse. Child Education This is a really funny story with hilarious illustrations
- the horse's face says so much! Primary Times
About The Author
Jeanne has been writing since she was five and has published over 150 books across all genres from picture books to teen fiction. She has had other strange jobs alongside being an author, including cowboy boot seller and reptile vet's assistant and once conducted the school orchestra in concert despite not being able to read a note of music or identify the instruments. As well as cats, rabbits, hamsters, dogs, fish and rats, she has owned a garter snake called Betty, a 25 years old smooth-clawed toad called Dave, an axolotl, newts, locusts and some giant hissing stick insects. She was once thrown out of her religious studies class at school by the Reverend Brown for writing rude poems. She was the Blue Team Captain at Junior School, sprinted for the county and can still do cartwheels.
She has won numerous awards including the Red House Children’s Book Award, the Smarties Prize and the Sheffield Children’s Book Award. She lives in North London.
Photo credit: Justine Stoddart
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