Terrible Horses


What if your older sister considered leaving home when you were born? What if your older sister was cooler with friends and things that you wanted that she kept just to herself? Might it inspire you to go to your room and imagine Terrible Horses?

Would these Terrible Horses be nagging and galloping and furious with their rage? Might they indicate the push and pull, the hurt and hide of your relationship? Would you ever increase the drama by taking her things and then jumping on her bed? Thereafter what if your book of Terrible Horses, where you are the sole pony in a world of horses, was to go missing?

Raymond Antrobus and Ken Wilson- Max have created an exceptional picture book that depicts sibling relationships and roles so truthfully. We see the feeling of insignificance and usurping, the fury and hurt so clearly. What might be recovered?

Bookwagon recommends Terrible Horses so highly to every family and learning setting. What an astounding, insightful and magnificent picture book.

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Terrible Horses

Raymond Antrobus, illustrated by Ken Wilson- Max

(Walker Books)

My sister is older than me./ When I was born she thought/ she’d have to leave home‘ says the boy Then again, it seems this sister is ‘cooler‘. It means he wants friends. What’s more her things are wanted by him too. However, his sister wants to keep her friends and her things to herself. What do you do if you fight, thereafter? Might you push. pull, hurt and hide? Thereafter, might you go to you room, ‘take a pen and paper, and write stories… about Terrible Horses‘?
The dynamic between the siblings is deep, furious and real. it seems as though Raymond Antrobus ensures that we feel the urgency of the pen that shows him as the lone pony amongst a horse world. Then again, what if the fury grows into a fight about taking things and jumping on his sister’s bed and thereafter walking off? Might it inspire even more stormy imaginings, of ‘trampling‘, then ‘ghastly galloping‘ and ‘nagging neighing‘? Ken Wilson- Max sets the page alight with this seething. How can anything be recovered from this?
Bookwagon cannot praise this outstanding picture book of sibling relationships more highly. Terrible Horses, like Cath Howe’s middle grade Not My Fault, offers a real relationship, real feelings, and thereafter is shown so truthfully.


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