Synopses & Reviews
"A horse is a horse, of course, except when it's a rhinoceros. That's the silly, unstated backstory in Moser's upbeat tale about a kind young cowboy's unwavering faith in his trusted mount. When Cowboy Boyd rides onto the Double R ranch atop his horned 'horse,' Calliope, the pair has everyone scratching their heads. Rancher Rose and ranch hands Slim and Hardtack agree that Calliope is the shortest, dustiest, and lumpiest horse they've ever seen she's also slow, clumsy, and unwittingly destructive. 'I got a real strong belief in Calliope,' Boyd maintains, and a crisis on the ranch gives Calliope a chance to prove she's worthy of such support. With easy-flowing dialogue and lots of onomatopoeia ('Calliope plodded to the pasture and... BLAM! Straight through the pasture fence'), Moser (Railroad Hank) plays Boyd's sweet naivetÃ© against the ranchers' deadpan expressions of concern to great humorous effect. Belgian illustrator Van Doninck, in his U.S. debut, contributes comic figures with long, rubbery limbs who mosey across mustard landscapes dotted with mesas and cacti, consistently keeping readers in on the joke of Calliope's lineage. Ages 3 7." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
LISA MOSER is the author of Squirrel's World, which is on the 2010–2011 Texas Bluebonnet Master List; The Monster in the Backpack; Watermelon Wishes; Kisses on the Wind,
which received an Oppenheimer Toy Gold Seal; Perfect Soup; and Railroad Hank.
She lives in Wisconsin with her husband, Marty, and their daughter, Lydia.
SEBASTIAAN VAN DONINCK grew up in a small town surrounded by cows, trees, and twelve brothers and sisters. Today he is an illustrator and teacher living in Antwerp, Belgium.