Adrian Simcox Does NOT Have a Horse (HB)

Author(s): Marcy Campbell

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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.


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Adrian Simcox tells anyone who will listen that he has a horse, the best and most wonderful horse that you'll ever see. Chloe has also noticed that Adrian's desk is a mess, that he lives in a tiny house and is absolutely, to her frustration, not telling the truth. This book softly encourages us to be gentle with those who are different from us, and explores the line between story-telling, creativity and lying. When Chloe realises that because Adrian Simcox has the "best imagination of any kid in our whole school," that he can also have the horse to match, the book reaches its heartwarming conclusion. A wonderful book about accepting those who may behave differently from us. Picture book for ages 4-7. A staff pick of B at the Dorothy Butler Children's Bookshop. 

General Fields

  • : 9780735230378
  • : Penguin Publishing Group
  • : Dial
  • : 0.56699
  • : July 2018
  • : ---length:- '11'width:- '8.5'units:- Inches
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Marcy Campbell
  • : Hardback
  • : 1
  • : Corinna Luyken
  • : English
  • : 813.6
  • : 40