If I Was a Horse (Hardcover)

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November/December 2023 Kids Indie Next List


“A gorgeous new picture book about how joyful life would be as a horse! Perfect for all the horse lovers and a funny look at getting to be a little rebellious living in a house as a horse.”
— Aerie Brown, Blue Willow Bookshop, Houston, TX

Description


INSTANT NATIONAL BESTSELLER!​   ★ "Charming and whimsical visual surprises are found throughout the impeccably designed pages…An exquisite equine fantasy, this encourages imaginations to giddyup and run wild and free.”—Booklist, starred review
A gift for any child with an unbridled imagination, this bestseller from award-winning creator Sophie Blackall captures the astonishing spectacle of life as a horse. And with a cover adorned with glitter, this romp really sparkles!

If you were a horse, what would you do? Could you fit in your clothes? Would you give your little sister a ride? Would your brother even notice?
 
Gallop along with two-time Caldecott Medalist Sophie Blackall through this riotous day in the life of a child who imagines their life as a horse. What ensues are uproarious, resonant episodes that feature a giant horse in familiar settings offering both a visual feast, a grand dose of joy, and a celebration of the real power of imagination to help us navigate the world.

About the Author


Sophie Blackall is the bestselling and two-time Caldecott medal-winning artist behind Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous BearHello, Lighthouse and Farmhouse. She is also the proprietor of Milkwood, a creative retreat for children’s book makers. She lives between Brooklyn and a farm in upstate New York. 

Praise For…


Praise for If I Was a Horse:
A Kids’ Indie Next List Pick
An American Library Association Notable Children's Book of 2024

An Amazon Best Book of 2023​
A Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Book 2023
A CCBC Choices Best Book of 2023

 

* "Charming and whimsical visual surprises are found throughout the impeccably designed pages…An exquisite equine fantasy, this encourages imaginations to giddyup and run wild and free.”—Booklist, starred review

* "Every illustration invites readers to pause to appreciate its details."
 —Shelf Awareness, starred review

"Delightful…[with] colorful, sweet, gently humorous illustrations…There’ll be no neigh-sayers for this one."—Kirkus

"Detailed and nuanced. . . There’s a sensitive heart and sharp eye in the humor here."
 —Horn Book

“A whimsical picture book that embarks on a journey of imagination…­A wonderful reminder of the power of imagination and a launching point for story hour discussions.” 
 —School Library Journal

“Throughout this cozy view of longed-for freedoms in childhood, Blackall’s signature-style illustrations summon giggles…”—Publishers Weekly

Praise for Farmhouse:
A 2022 KIRKUS BEST CHILDREN’S BOOK
A 2022 SLJ BEST BOOK
A HORN BOOK FANFARE
A 2022 PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BEST BOOK
A 2022 BOOKPAGE BEST BOOK
A 2022 WASHINGTON POST BEST BOOK
A 2022 NYTIMES BEST ILLUSTRATED BOOK
AN NPR BEST BOOK OF 2022
A 2022 BOOKLIST EDITORS’ CHOICE
GOOD HOUSEKEEPING BEST KIDS’ BOOKS OF 2022
2023 ALSC NOTABLE BOOKS FOR CHILDREN
2023 CCBC CHILDREN’S CHOICES LIST
2023 BANK ST COLLEGE BEST BOOKS

*"A lovely, tender reimagination of people in a long-past time and place."Kirkus, starred review

*"A love letter to the joys of country living and family life as well as the importance of treasuring the past and all its stories."School Library Journal, starred review

*"The tale’s strong sense of place undergirds Blackall’s witness to the way environments change over time and stories survive long after material objects disappear, in a thoughtful, expertly executed work that looks simultaneously forward and back."—Publishers Weekly, starred review

*"Blackall’s illustrations are everything here, incorporating wallpaper, fabrics, and other items scavenged from the house melded together with ink, watercolor, gouache, and colored pencil to create vibrantly layered compositions with a tactile quality."—Horn Book, starred review

* "Genuinely captivating...A meditation on the creative process...Multifaceted and arresting...Irresistible."—Booklist, starred review

a tender, layered masterpiece that itself deserves to be passed along for generations.”—New York Times

*"A sophisticated, openhearted ode to what truly makes a house a home...Vividly realized...."—BookPage, starred review

Praise for Hello Lighthouse:

A New York Times Bestseller and Caldecott Winner

 * "Blackall's charmingly old-fashioned art style is beautifully matched to this nostalgia-rich story, which imbues an antiquated place with warmth and wonder."L—Booklist, starred review

* "A delightful bedtime read perfect for one on one sharing."

School Library Journal, starred review

* "It's a jewel of a creation and a gift to those who dream of retreat."

Publishers Weekly, starred review

"I will be surprised if a more exquisite picture book will be published this year...Children will be fascinated..."

New York Times Book Review

Praise for Finding Winnie:
A #1 New York Times bestseller and Winner of the 2016 Caldecott Medal
A New York Times Notable Children's Book of the Year

*"The sum total is as captivating as it is informative, transforming a personal family story into something universally resonant."—Horn Book, starred review

*"Little ones who love Milne's classic stories will be enchanted by this heartening account of the bear's real-life origins."—Booklist, starred review

*"A perfect melding of beautiful art with soulful, imaginative writing, this lovely story, penned by Colebourn's great-great granddaughter, is ideal for sharing aloud or poring over individually."—School Library Journal, starred review

*"The book strikes a lovely, understated tone of wonder and family pride...[Sophie Blackall] proves that she's equally imaginative at chronicling straight-on reality too."—Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Gorgeously illustrated...[a] delightful telling."—New York Times Book Review

"Exquisite"."—Wall Street Journal


Product Details
ISBN: 9780316510981
ISBN-10: 031651098X
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 3rd, 2023
Pages: 32
Language: English