Everything But the Horse (Hardcover)
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 9780316070195, 32pp.
Publication Date: October 5, 2010
Autumn 2010 Kids' Next List
— Megan Graves, Hooray for Books!, Alexandria, VA
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Praise For Everything But the Horse…
A Smithsonian 2010 Notable Book for Children
"Beautifully depicts a time when life for a young farm girl was filled with rustic barns, fields, and delightful animals, while [Hobbie's] heartwarming text conveys a sense of innocence and dreams. Cozy as a grandmother's quilt, this book will have adults reminiscing and children dreaming."
-School Library Journal, starred review
"Hobbie offers an affecting yet never sentimental memoir... [that] perfectly balances realistic watercolor renderings... with comical spot illustrations of herself and her mischievous brothers.... The joyful surprise ending may puzzle younger readers, but adults will recognize the authenticity of a youthful change of heart."
-Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Both the vivid text and the appealing ink-and-watercolor illustrations are well calibrated to hold children's interest. This engaging picture book, one of the few offering a realistic story with a rural setting, will speak to horse-crazy kids everywhere."
"The author's watercolor illustrations are nuanced and lovely, as always, adding to the narrative."