Rosie's Magic Horseby Russell Hoban, Quentin Blake
Once its icy sweetness is gone, a discarded ice-pop stick is lonely until young Rosie comes by and lays it in a cigar box with others like it. But this stick wants to be something! Meanwhile, just before bed,/b>
If an ice-pop stick can dream of being a horse, what magic might follow? A fanciful tale by Russell Hoban, mischievously illustrated by Quentin Blake.
Once its icy sweetness is gone, a discarded ice-pop stick is lonely until young Rosie comes by and lays it in a cigar box with others like it. But this stick wants to be something! Meanwhile, just before bed, Rosie sees her parents worrying over their bills. That night, wishes intertwine when Rosie dreams of a horse named Stickerino galloping out of the cigar box. "Where to?" he asks. "Anywhere with treasure!" says Rosie. A girl and a horse galloping over cities, jungles, and an icepop mountain leads up to a clever heist of a gold-filled pirate chest — and a happy ending at home — in this wildly imaginative adventure.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
- Candlewick Press
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- Product dimensions:
- 8.56(w) x 11.14(h) x 0.37(d)
- Age Range:
- 4 - 8 Years
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Meet the Author
Russell Hoban (1925–2011) once described himself as "an addict to writing" and wrote more than fifty books for children, including such classics as Bedtime for Frances, How Tom Beat Captain Najork and His Hired Sportsmen, and The Sea-Thing Child. He was also the author of many acclaimed novels for adults, including Turtle Diary and Riddley Walker.
Quentin Blake was the very first British Children’s Laureate. He has won numerous awards for his books and is best-known for his work with Roald Dahl. His books with Candlewick include Michael Rosen’s Sad Book and Bananas in My Ears, both by Michael Rosen, and On Angel Wings by Michael Morpurgo. Quentin Blake lives in London.
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This book is about a little girl, Rosie, who wants to help her mom and dad pay bills. She has a popsicle stick collection, and when she dreams they come to life to help her solve the family problem. One of the best things about the book is that the girl wants to help out her parents. My parents are always helping me out, and it is nice to see the girl being able to help back. My favorite part of the story is when a horse leads Rosie to a treasure of ice cream pops. It is treasure and probably tasty, but it is not the kind she needed to solve her problem. Still, ice cream is my favorite kind of treasure! I liked that the story didn’t rhyme, because it felt more grown up. I loved the watercolor drawings, and that the words were printed nice and big so my mom could see them. I would recommend this book to other kids because it is a nice fairy tale, which girls like, and it has pirates in it, which boys would like. I think all kids in grades pre-Kindergarten through 4th grade would think it is a fun book. Overall, I give the book 5 stars. Review by Lucy H., age 5, Tampa Bay Mensa