Adrian Simcox Does NOT Have a Horse (Hardcover)

By Marcy Campbell, Corinna Luyken (Illustrator)

Dial Books, 9780735230378, 40pp.

Publication Date: August 14, 2018

List Price: 17.99*
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Fall 2018 Kids Indie Next List

“There is always that one kid that tells tall tales at school. Well, Adrian Simcox is 'that' kid, and not everyone will tolerate his lies. The little girl calls him out at school and tells her mom about it. When her mother finally walks her down to Adrian's tiny house over the street, the little girl realizes that, while Adrian Simcox may not have a horse, he does have a rich imagination that transforms the laurels in his yard into horses. A wonderfully illustrated story embracing how perception shapes our view of our own lives and others.”
— Kidron Mariotti, Octavia Books, New Orleans, LA
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Description

A classic in the making, this heartwarming story about empathy and imagination is one that families will treasure for years to come.

Adrian Simcox tells anyone who will listen that he has a horse--the best and most beautiful horse anywhere.

But Chloe does NOT believe him. Adrian Simcox lives in a tiny house. Where would he keep a horse? He has holes in his shoes. How would he pay for a horse?

The more Adrian talks about his horse, the angrier Chloe gets. But when she calls him out at school and even complains about him to her mom, Chloe doesn't get the vindication she craves. She gets something far more important.

Written with tenderness and poignancy and gorgeously illustrated, this book will show readers that kindness is always rewarding, understanding is sweeter than judgment, and friendship is the best gift one can give.


About the Author

Marcy Campbell lives in Ohio with her family and menagerie of rescued pets. Her writing for adults has been published widely in journals and magazines, including Salon. She grew up on a farm filled with cows, chickens, cats, and dogs, but she never had a horse. Adrian Simcox Does NOT Have a Horse is her debut picture book. You can visit her at www.marcycampbell.com.

Corinna Luyken grew up in different cities along the West Coast, and after studying at Middlebury College, she settled in Washington State, where she draws inspiration from nature, her family, and the human form. Her debut picture book, The Book of Mistakes, received four starred reviews and has been praised by Entertainment Weekly, The Wall Street Journal, Nerdy Book Club, and more.