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The Legend of Kevin: A Roly-Poly Flying Pony Adventure

Written by Philip Reeve

Illustrated by Sarah McIntyre

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The Legend of Kevin: A Roly-Poly Flying Pony Adventure Review

Adventure Stories Books of the Month Fantasy / Magical Featured Books for 7+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers

Longlisted for the UKLA Book Awards 2020 | September 2018 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month September 2018 |

A deliciously dotty fantasy in which almost anything becomes believable. Max longs for a pet but even in his wildest dreams he had never thought that the pet might be a flying pony. But, one stormy night and with a loud Doof!, Kevin turns up on Max’s balcony. Kevin is a flying horse who can also talk. He has few demands except that he needs a constant supply of biscuits – especially custard creams. Soon Max and Kevin are an unstoppable duo putting right all the things that are going wrong in a town surrounded by storm water and besieged by naughty sea-monkeys. It’s all pell-mell action and madcap fun. 

Julia Eccleshare M.B.E

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Julia Eccleshare's Picks for September 2018:

The Legend of Kevin: A Roly-Poly Flying Pony Adventure by Philip Reeve 

The Girl, the Bear and the Magic Shoes by Julia Donaldson 

Happy: A Children's Book of Mindfulness by Nicola Edwards

Jelly Boots, Smelly Boots by  Michael Rosen

You've Got a Friend by Judi Curtin

Tilly and the Bookwanderers (Pages & Co., Book 1) by Anna James 

Wish for a Witch by Kaye Umansky

Poems to Live Your Life By by Chris Riddell

Once Upon a Wild Wood by Chris Riddell


Find out more about the UKLA Book Awards here

The Legend of Kevin: A Roly-Poly Flying Pony Adventure Synopsis

Max is a young boy living in an ordinary tower block. He longs for adventure in his life - then one day - DOOF! - a flying pony called Kevin crashes into his flat, blown in by a magical storm! The storm causes a huge flood and soon Max's town submerged by water. Luckily for the town, Max has a flying pony to come to the rescue, and luckily for Kevin, he has a new best friend and a constant supply of his favourite thing - biscuits. Together Max and Kevin will embark on many wild adventures together . . .

This is the start of a hilarious new series brought to you by the creative and inspiring duo Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre and is packed with amazing two-colour illustrations.

The Legend of Kevin: A Roly-Poly Flying Pony Adventure Reader Reviews

Some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were lucky enough to read and review this title. Click here to read the full reviews.

  • Emily Welbourn, Age 7 - 'This is the story of a flying pony who befriends a boy called Max. Kevin and Max have adventures together and become best friends. I loved this book!'
  • Cassandra Butler, Age 9 - 'When disaster strikes due to a flood and Max's headteacher gets stuck on the top of the school with sea monkeys who keep throwing things at him, only Max and his new friend Kevin can save the day!'
  • Prisha Yadav, Age 8 - 'Adventurous and interesting story about a flying pony.'
  • Abigail Morgen, Age 7 - 'This book is funny and adventurous with great pictures.'

The Legend of Kevin: A Roly-Poly Flying Pony Adventure Press Reviews

Praise for Oliver and the Seawigs:

'A delightfully told, beautiful tale of nautical hairdressing, saltwater primates and sarcastic seaweed - this is my kind of book!   Chris Riddell

Praise for Pugs of the Frozen North:

'As the story dashes along so, too, do the illustrations, which are a delight on every page.'  The Guardian

'Reeve and McIntyre are a classic team . . . The climax is moving and beautifully judged.'  The Times

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ISBN: 9780192766090
Publication date: 22/08/2019
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780192766083
Publication date: 06/09/2018
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780192766083
Publication date: 6th September 2018
Author: Philip Reeve
Illustrator: Sarah McIntyre
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 160 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories, Fantasy / Magical
Recommendations: Books of the Month, Julia Eccleshare's Picks, Reviewed by Children

About Philip Reeve

Philip Reeve was our Guest Editor for June 2012. Click here to see his books and some that inspired him. Philip Reeve was born and raised in Brighton, where he worked in a bookshop for years while also producing and directing a number of no-budget theatre projects. Philip then began illustrating and has since provided cartoons and jokes for around forty books, including the best-selling Scholastic series Horrible Histories, as well as Murderous Maths and Dead Famous. He's been writing stories since he was five, but Mortal Engines was the first to be published. Mortal Engines defies easy categorisation. It is ...

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