A while back, I reviewed Colette’s Lost Pet – also a picture book about someone telling stories about a possibly imaginary animal friend. In both books, there’s a happy ending and an understanding that a big imagination can be appreciated and celebrated instead of calling it “lying.”
Adrian says he has a horse. Chloe doesn’t believe him, and it seems she just can’t let it go when he brings it up. Is she a bully? Is she the sad one? You could spin this one a few different ways, I guess.
What makes the whole book for me, though, is the final page spread. The sentiment is cool and all, but the art there…. wowza.
Adrian Simcox Does NOT Have a Horse by Marcy Campbell and Corinna Luyken