Author: Clare Baldwin
Synopsis: Charlie Bass is a horse-mad ten-year-old who dreams of owning her own pony. So when she accidentally manages to buy a racehorse, Charlie is thrilled. The horse she buys, Noble Warrior, looks the part: strong, fit and healthy. There’s just one problem – he won’t gallop. In fact, he won’t even leave his stable without his best friend, a naughty palomino pony called Percy. Charlie is convinced that Noble Warrior has what it takes to be a champion. But can she prove it? Derby Day is fast approaching and only a win can save the family farm from being repossessed. The stakes couldn’t be higher for the Basses. Can Charlie turn her chaotic family into a top training team? Can Noble Warrior overcome his nerves? Will Percy the pony ever stop farting?
Since I’m co-writing a children’s pony book series… Called The Tales of Pete & Podge… Which you can purchase on Amazon… For only $12.95 or on Kindle for $3.92… (Please judge this book by its cover – a new one is being illustrated as we speak!) I decided to do some research, so I borrowed The Racehorse Who Wouldn’t Gallop from the library.
There’s absolutely nothing to dislike about this book, but that’s almost what I don’t like about it. The main character has a unisex name so as not to alienate anybody, the family doesn’t have much money so as to be more relatable, and the characters are all perfectly ordinary.
Nevertheless, I love a good horse book and the humour in this story sets itself a part from the overly sweet pony tales on the market.
You can tell it’s written by a horsie person – everything was very accurate!
What I learnt from this book was that there must be a challenge to overcome. I appreciate that this is rule 101 when it comes to writing a story, but when you get so attached to the characters you’re writing about, making something bad happen to them can become challenging. (I know that’s a strange thing to admit.)
I love the farting palomino pony called Percy, although I don’t think he’s quite naughty enough!
An easy read for any horse lover who is after a light-hearted story.
Jodie’s rating: 5/10