The Night Horses by Anaka Jones. Ages 2 – 5. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. February 2013. 28 pages. ISBN: 978-1452882789. $11.99 Fiction.
Summary: The beginning of this story is about the daily life of horses. It’s everything we’re used to reading about life on a horse farm. The horses eat, race each other in the fields, have their showers, and eat their dinners. However, once their human caretakers go in for the night — the disco ball comes out and the party begins. The horses start playing cards with sugar cubes (instead of poker chips), the mares paint each others’ hooves and do each others’ hair, and there’s even a horse comedian that makes, “the ladies laugh so hard they fall off their buckets.” After a midnight snack and some dancing, the horses call it a night and go to sleep.
Our Experience Reading this Book: We highly, highly recommend this book. It’s entertaining, creative, and appropriate for all ages. My son adores this book. It’s written by a 12-year-old young woman and does she ever know how to tell an entertaining story. I sincerely hope that she’s planning on writing more picture books.
We really enjoyed reading The Night Horses. My son had me reread it to him five times in a row when we first got it and we have been reading it daily ever since. There have been several occasions where he pulled the book off the shelf himself and looked through it while I was doing housework.
My son had many questions for me as we read through the book and I had a great time trying to explain to him what a disco ball is and what a pedicure is. He has since informed me that we need a disco ball.
The book is written very clearly and in a straight-forward way that thoroughly engrosses my son. The humor in the book is great and made me laugh quite a bit. The images are well done and thoughtfully composed. The text is large and follows logically from one page to another making it easy to read for beginning readers. The ending is sweet and brings the story to a gentle close. It is evident that a lot of work and thought went into creating this outstanding picture book.
This book is presented simply and charmingly enough to read to a two-year-old boy, but my son will enjoy the humor more and more as he gets older. It’s a fantastic book that we’ll be enjoying for many years to come.
We hope you have a chance to check it out! It’s a lot of fun.
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- Anaka Jones: www.facebook.com/pages/The-Night-Horses/494309617271004 Anaka Jones is 12 years old and this is her first picture book.
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