Rosie's Magic Horse
Written by Russell Hoban
Illustrated by Quentin Blake
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ONE OF JULIA ECCLESHARE'S TOP 10 OF 2012
Children’s Laureate Quentin Blake and best-selling author Russell Hoban have created an entrancing magical and lyrical fantasy that’s perfect for anyone who can share the dream of a magical adventure. A discarded lolly stick dreams of being something BIG…Luckily, it is picked up by Rosie, a little girl who already has a whole collection of lolly sticks. Soon she and all the lolly sticks are off on a rollicking adventure with the important task of raising money for her family. A delightfully quirky story that allows imaginations soar.
Quentin Blake's hallmark illustration style breathes energy and mischeviousness into something as small and ordinary as a disused ice-lolly stick. If an ice-lolly stick can be a horse...then YOU can be anything you wish to be! This beautiful edition is jacketed.
Rosie's Magic Horse by Russell Hoban
This is a story that could only have come from the imagination of Russell Hoban! Brought vividly to life by picture book great, Quentin Blake. This story begins with an ice-lolly stick. Its sweetness gone, it lies discarded and lonely...until a little girl called Rosie comes along. She places it carefully in her cigar box, full of other sticks. Without our ice-lollies we are nothing, says an old stick. But new stick wants to BE something and into the minds of all the old sticks, he plants dreams...maybe they can be something, too. What about Rosie and her dreams that night? She dreams of helping her parents pay the bills. And so, at the stroke of midnight, magic and dreams collide and a HORSE gallops out of the cigar box! His name is Stickerino. Where to? he asks Rosie. Anywhere with treasure! she answers and hops on its back. Then begins an adventure like no other...ice-lolly mountains by the sea, caskets of gold, and pirates foiled by a stickling ice-cream van...Inventive and original, this is a gem from the upside-down imaginative landscape of Russell Hoban.
'every bit as fun to read for grown-ups as it is for its intended pre-schooler audience.'
's such a touching, enjoyable story, filled with imagination and gorgeous illustrations, I have a feeling that you will definitely hear 'AGAIN!'
's dreamy images of a little girl who rides a horse made of abandoned ice lolly sticks in Russell Hoban's last opus makes Rosie's Magic Horse my Best Picture Book The Times Russell Hoban's enchanting story sets Quentin Blake's prancing lolly-stick horses galloping across cities and jungles and over oceans and deserts on a quest for pirate gold. The Guardian If you like fantastical adventures, this book is for you. Juno an enchanting book New Statesman This collaboration between a late, great storyteller and a living legend of children's illustration is inspired. The Evening Standard This new picturebook by Quentin Blake uses text by Russell Hoban, who died in 2011. It is about a horse made out of ice-lolly sticks that comes to life and flies, enabling a little girl to bring back pirate treasure to her parents, who are inundated with bills. It combines colloquialisms, made-up words - unvanned , stickled , rehorsed -- and the poetic: There was wind, there was rain, there were brown leaves blowing. But the expressiveness and zing of Blake's pictures, with detail of a rainy street, kitchen table, child's bedroom, rooftop party in an exotic city, pirates'
-up, desert with vultures, jungle with parrots and landscape with pink sunset, are what really do the magical transporting here. -- Nicolette Jones The Sunday Times
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