Rosie’s Magic Horse by Russell Hoban, illustrated by Quentin Blake
Rosie collects popsicle sticks that she finds on the ground, creating a collection. But the popsicle sticks miss their cold sweet ice and wish that they were something more than just discarded sticks. Maybe they could be a horse! Meanwhile, Rosie’s parents are worried about bills and how they will pay them. That night Rosie and the popsicle sticks head out on an adventure together as the popsicle sticks join to become a horse, Stickerino. Rosie wants to find treasure and first the horse takes her to a mountain made of popsicle ice, but Rosie wants real treasure. You know that that means pirates! This story is a true flight of imagination, or perhaps a gallop!
Hoban and Blake are quite a team in this book. Hoban writes in mostly dialogue here and throughout has a focus on brevity and clarity. It works well against the wild imaginative nature of the book, making the text a firm foundation from which to launch. Blake’s illustrations are quintessentially his with their jaunty lines and loose watercolor tones.
Perfect for inspiring bedtime dreams of popsicles and horses, this book requires you to just go along for the ride. Appropriate for ages 4-6.
Reviewed from library copy.