The Three Little Horses and the Big Bully Donkey: A Horse Valley Adventure (Book 1)

The Three Little Horses and the Big Bully Donkey: A Horse Valley Adventure (Book 1)

by Liana-Melissa Allen


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FIVE STARS READERS' FAVORITE® and a MOM'S CHOICE AWARDS® Silver Medalist Winner honoring Excellence!
(Spanish Version: "Los Tres Caballitos y el Burro Bravo". Get both English and Spanish versions for ESL learning when reading together.)

A children's picture book based on the classic fairy tale "The Three Little Pigs", with the themes of bullying, friendship, sibling rivalry, and self-reliance.
"This book is full of beautiful illustrations and is part of the Horse Valley Adventure series. Liana-Melissa Allen has taken a children's fable and turned it into this wonderful tale that children will enjoy as they learn about bullying, independence, and sharing." --A Five Stars Readers' Favorite® partial review

The tale features three young horse brothers who lose their house to a fire and are left alone and thrust into the reality of having to depend on themselves and each other against a bully donkey who wanders the forest wrecking homes and bullying the other animals. This warmhearted tale promotes strong values and has a fun premise. Children and young readers will be entranced as the characters come to life through Liana Allen's vibrant illustrations. A great read aloud story!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781475109771
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 05/03/2012
Pages: 36
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.09(d)

About the Author

A multiple MOM'S CHOICE AWARDS® Winner and FIVE STARS READERS' FAVORITE author/illustrator, Liana-Melissa Allen has written and illustrated eight popular books for children and youth. She is a cartoonist, writer, and pianist.

"I love to create characters that range from the whimsical to the anamorphic goofballs, to the awesomely abnormal humans. I write and illustrate children's books including a picture book series for ages 5 to 10 called 'A Horse Valley Adventure'. 'Max's Day at School' is my latest and third book of the series.

I also have a 'Horse Valley Toons' comic strip on my website that follows the comical adventures of my Horse Valley crew, Max, Jack, Lax, Donkey, and the young mischievous Twiddle and Dwiddle.

My home is in Southern California with a playful yellow lutino budgie named Peeps that is always willing to help me when I get stuck on a project. Visit my website at LMABOOKS.COM for more about my books and to download some of my Horse Valley characters for your young ones to color...and also enjoy my cartoons and some of my jazz and classical piano while there!"

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The Three Little Horses and the Big Bully Donkey: A Horse Valley Adventure (Book 1) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
cloudchaser2 More than 1 year ago
FABULOUS FUN READ! Just got this book and read it to my kids. They loved the story...and kept wanting to go back and look at the full color hand drawn illustrations. This is a terrific book!! I loved reading it myself, and now the kids have it, and can't put it down. I look forward to more from this young author!
MsLimeART4 More than 1 year ago
At a time when we question the morality of our teenagers on an hourly basis, this young woman is proof that we should all be hopeful. As her first high school art teacher, I discovered that Lianna is an exceptionally creative, kind and respectful person with a strong moral compass. You could never go wrong making whatever she writes and illustrates a part of your "forever library". Enjoy the works of this delightful young author.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Vernita Naylor for Readers' Favorite The Three Little Horses and the Big Bully Donkey: A Horse Valley Adventure (Book 1) by Liana-Melissa Allen is a children’s picture book loosely based upon the classic story of The Three Little Pigs. This book is full of beautiful illustrations and is part of the Horse Valley Adventure series. Liana-Melissa Allen has taken a children’s fable and turned it into this wonderful tale that children will enjoy as they learn about bullying, independence and sharing. When the home that the three little horses shared burned down, they each had to make a new life decision. Collectively the three little horses were strong against the bullying Donkey, but individually they were not. Children will not only enjoy reading The Three Little Horses and the Big Bully Donkey, but will learn a lot about life lessons, choices and decisions that make a difference in their lives and the effect on them. Sometimes life can seem unfair. It can cause us to make decisions about various things and sometimes the decisions are made quickly. The Three Little Horses and the Big Bully Donkey is that type of story where survival of the fittest does matter. Big Bully Donkey had no problems terrorizing the forest, but even he eventually saw that there are some that will stand up to him. I enjoyed the life lesson reminders in The Three Little Horses and the Big Bully Donkey by Liana-Melissa Allen. There are so many people being affected by bullying and it must stop; this is the book to show readers how things can be turned around.
SherryF More than 1 year ago
This adorable illustrated Three Little Pigs retelling had me smiling as the story plays out, with a few twists and turns created especially for the horses and beautiful pages that will unfold to the delights of any child.
MomsChoiceAwards More than 1 year ago
A recipient of the Mom's Choice Awards! The Mom's Choice Awards® (MCA) evaluates products and services created for parents and educators and is globally recognized for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. Using a rigorous evaluation process, entries are scored on a number of elements including production quality, design, educational value, entertainment value, originality, appeal and cost. Around the world, parents, educators, retailers and members of the media trust the MCA Honoring Excellence seal when selecting quality products and services for families and children.
Deal_Sharing_Aunt More than 1 year ago
Book 1 introduces us to the three horse brothers and the mean donkey. It reminded me of the Big Bad Wolf. However I liked that this version had more animals and I enjoyed the added bees. The end of the book was also nice and I liked how the story had a good message. I am giving this book a 4/5. I was given a copy to review, however all opinions are my own.
lauralovesreviewingLT More than 1 year ago
The author put her own spin on the tale of The Three Little Pigs. . Her characters are three horses, brothers, who’ve just lost their home to a fire. Each one sets out to build their own home. One takes the lazy way, one takes the impractical way, and one takes his time. . All of these houses might have worked accept for one thing, the big bully donkey. . I wish I could share with you the illustrations for this tale. They are so fun and full of little details. I found myself taking a lot of time on each page, looking for little things, like a bird here, a frog there. Such a delight. . Max, Lax, and Jack, the three horses, are so different. I could see what was coming for each one and the author had me giggling as the donkey came kicking on their doors. . Any child would love these brothers and pour over the illustrations, taking away some valuable lessons, and smiling all the way home.
BirdhouseBooks More than 1 year ago
WONDERFUL READ ALOUD PICTURE BOOK FOR YOUNG CHILDREN! Before I was a blogger, I spent years teaching preschool. I always looked for great read aloud books. A good read aloud will have lots of pictures that engage children, lively dialogue, and a fun, fast moving story. The Three Little Horses and the Big Bully Donkey has all these traits. It would be a perfect read aloud for a preschool child or classroom. This book is loosely based on The Three Little Pigs, and it is fun read for young children. It also has a terrific message: we are stronger when we work together and show kindness. The illustrations are charming, colorful and engaging. Liana-Melissa Allen captures the different personalities of the three horses, Max, Lax, and Jack, and the bully Donkey too. I especially loved her illustrations of the different houses the horses build. This cute book would be wonderful at home or in a classroom. Children are sure to enjoy it!
lifeasleels More than 1 year ago
The Three Little Horses and the Big Bully Donkey was a cute read that children of all ages will enjoy and love! The book is clearly based on the Three Little Pigs story with horses and a donkey rather than pigs and a big bad wolf. I feel that The Three Little Horses and the Big Bully Donkey is less 'scary' as there is no big bad wolf, just a not so nice donkey. Additionally, the ending in The Three Little Horses and the Big Bully Donkey is more positive. I felt that the story itself lent a few good lessons that enable us to teach our children important lessons. 1. The horses run into their house that is on fire to grab their belongings. This brings up a teachable moment of teaching children fire safety and how we don't go back into a fire. We can replace our material things, but we can't replaced our children. 2. That a little hard work is a positive. Just as the pigs, the first two horses are lazy and take the easy way out building a house of bushes with thorns and a house of pointy sticks. Not only do they get destroyed, the horses get hurt in the process because they didn't take the time to do it right the first time. The ending took on a wonderful spin of the donkey moving in with the horses and all of them being friends living under one roof. The illustrations were beautifully done and the story was fun to read. I would say that this is a book that maybe third grade and up could read on their own - there are some big words, but it is a book that anyone could read to a child of any age and they would certainly enjoy it!
jmgallen124 More than 1 year ago
In the first entry of Liana-Melissa Allen’s Horse Valley Adventures children’s book series, three equine protagonists lose their home to a fire and must depend upon themselves while wandering a forest and defending against an antagonistic donkey that wanders around wrecking other animals’ homes, the story based on “The Three Little Pigs.” The cover art depicts the three eponymous horses wandering along a path with their supply-laden wagons while the titular donkey bully secretly gazes at them from behind a bush on one side of the illustration, with the visual style being general cartoony and liberal with typical animal anatomy. The story itself opens with the three chief horses, named Lax, Max, and Jack, who inhabit the “magical” land of Horse Valley, living in a home near a dark forest, which they and other animals avoid due to its inhabitance by an asinine bully. The equine trio is returning home from the market when they smell smoke from a fire that engulfs their residence, likely caused from lightning from a storm that occurred in the morning. The first illustration within the book depicts the horses looking upon the flames fearfully, accompanied by a nameless bluebird also seeming fearful due to the fire. The equines attempt to salvage items from their incinerating home, although they err in doing so, the following illustration depicting them and the aforementioned avian evading the flames, although they manage to save some of their possessions as the fire worsens, the next piece of art showing them inside their burning house, where Lax looks the most fearful of his equivalently-stressed companions. Fortunately, they get out of their former home before its complete disintegration, with Lax sustaining some scrapes from crashing through one of its walls, the next artwork depicting the three horses in the middle of a rainstorm, Jack and Lax sprawled out on the grass while Max looks on, the bluebird, seeming somewhat sore, appearing as well. Max then suggests that he and his equine brethren move into the woods and erect separate abodes, although Jack recalls the antagonistic donkey and insists they remain together, the subsequent illustration depicting the horses in an argument while their house burns in the background, the bird continuing to appear. The storm appears to be over in the next artwork, the horses bedraggled and having agreed to separate. Lax is first to construct his new residence, although he yearns to watch television instead; he believes he can build a home out of nearby bushes, not wishing to do much work. The next piece of art depicts Lax’s resultant residence, appearing a little like a green human head with two window “eyes,” the bully donkey peeking out from the woods near an unnamed rabbit, the unidentified bluebird and another red-and-yellow avian appearing as well. Then, as he wishes, he watches TV in his new home, with a humorous reference to the “Horse-Pirates of the Caribbean.” The asinine adversary taunts Lax from outside his bush home, kicking it asunder with a single blow, the horse injured by the thorns from the shrubberies, as shown by the next art showing the wrecked residence and the triumphant bully in the middle of a kick, the nameless rabbit looking on helplessly. The following piece shows a crying Lax stuck in the remnants of his bush abode while the bully laughs haughtily, the rabbit expressing his anger. In the meantime, Max seeks materials for his own fortress of solitude, the story indicating his interest in playing videogames while eating, finding old branches and sticks to serve as components for his own residence. The following illustration shows his resultant spiky-looking residence, upon which he looks happily while the bully donkey spies on him from behind a nearby tree. Once Max enters his new home to play videogames and eat, the asinine adversary demands entry, which the horse refuses, the next art showing a nervous Max working on both a lollipop and a videogame while the donkey taunts him from outside, another unidentified animal, in this case a squirrel, looking on. Consequentially, the bully kicks Max’s residence asunder, the following artwork depicting him doing so, the horse caught in the mix and falling into the sticks that once formed his house, the next illustration depicting his legs sticking out of the mess, while two unidentified birds look on and the donkey laughs, having stolen the equine’s lollipop. While this occurs, the oldest of the horses, Jack, too seeks materials for his intended abode, in his instance stones that he decides to mix with honey, mud, and water for a sturdier home, the next piece of art showing him happily looking at a pile of rocks in the woods, the unnamed bluebird from before seeming content too. The bees in the following art don’t seem very happy as Jack purloins their honey, the bluebird chased by a pair as their brethren eye the horse, appearing scared. Mercifully, the equine is successful in his endeavor and mixes the gathered materials to form his home’s walls, using an old log to produce a sturdy door, the text indicating he received some stings from the bees. The next illustration depicts Jack erecting his residence while bees appear miffed from stealing their honey, the bluebird appearing to aid him while another unidentified avian looks on. Jack ultimately enters his new residence to fulfill his reading hobby, and unsurprisingly, the donkey arrives to taunt him, although his hooves fail to rend the sturdy door, and demands ingress that the horse naturally denies. The subsequent piece of art depicts Jack inside his residence reading, along with the nameless bluebird, while the bully appears miffed from the injury inflicted by his failure to knock down the door, a bee and a rabbit looking on. Thus, the donkey attempts to destroy the abode, failing in his endeavor, the next artwork showing him exhausted by his attempts while the mentioned rabbit points and laughs. The unsuccessful bully attempts to enter Jack’s residence via defenestration, but gets stuck halfway and implores the horse for mercy that he quickly receives, promising that he’ll cease his bullying, receiving several beestings during his struggle, the following illustration showing the insects’ assaults while Jack and the bluebird triumphantly look on at the stuck donkey. Then the horse kicks the bully out of the window, the next art showing him about to do so, and the piece afterward showing Jack and his avian companion looking at the slumped and injured donkey, whom he recruits to aid in his search for his brothers. Lax is the first one he finds, the accompanying illustration showing him nursing his wounds from the thorns of his former home. Max is next, the following piece depicting Jack and the bully tugging him out of the sticks of his own failed abode, Lax looking on nervously. Afterward, Jack invites his brothers and the donkey under the condition that the former help around the house and not fulfill their television-watching and videogaming hobbies too frequently, to which they agree, the next artwork depicting the equines and their new friend the donkey all happy. The story concludes with the donkey and the two younger horses helping Jack clean his house and prepare dinner, the final illustration of the main text depicting Max playing a guitar, Jack holding a book, the donkey playing a piano, and Lax dancing. A smaller illustration appears after the mention of the author’s other works and shows an orange and gray horse reading. In the end, the tale is a nice twist on that of the three little pigs, given its successful substitute of other animalian species, with plenty of humorous illustrations and the rare popular culture reference, being highly recommended for younger audiences.