Dozy Mare by Jeanne Willis

Dozy Mare

Written by Jeanne Willis

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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.

Tony Ross’s capering Dozy Mare is a delight.


Dozy 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.


Ridiculous and entertaining pictures lie behind a liberating story. Guardian Tony Ross's cartooning marries wondrously absurd images with unhibited colour combinations.

- the horse's face says so much! Primary Times

About the Author

Jeanne Willis

Jeanne Willis was born in St Albans and trained as an advertising copywriter at Watford College. She worked for various agencies creating press adverts and TV, cinema and radio commercials. She is now a full-time writer. Jeanne Willis is one of the most successful children’s picture book authors in the UK. Jeanne Willis wrote her first book aged five and has now written over eighty titles. She has won numerous awards, including the Children's Book Award, the Silver Smarties Prize and has been shortlisted for the Whitbread Award. She has written Who’s in the Loo? which won the Red House Children’s Book Award. Her hobbies include gardening, reading (nonfiction), natural history and collecting caterpillars. Jeanne has also worked on scripts for TV, including Polly Pocket and The Slow Norris, and a pilot TV series for Dr Xargle. She lives in North London with her husband and two children.

Photo credit: Justine Stoddart

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32 pages
Interest Age: To 5


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Andersen Press Ltd

Publication date

4th May 2006




Publisher Profile

Andersen Press Ltd is an imprint of Andersen Press

logo Andersen Press is one of the leading independent children’s publishers, publishing some of the biggest names in the world of children's books including the much-loved picture book characters the Little Princess and Elmer the patchwork elephant. Andersen Press is the home of many award-winning authors and illustrators including Melvin Burgess, Rebecca Stead, Satoshi Kitamura, Tony Ross, David McKee, Chris Judge and Jeanne Willis. Founded in 1976 by Klaus Flugge it won the Bologna Best Children’s Publisher prize in the European Category in 2016, the company’s 40th anniversary year.

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