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Muck and Magic

Twelve-year-old Bonny has always wanted to be a world-champion cyclist, maybe even an Olympic medalist, and her parents have cheered her on all the way. But when a flat tire draws Bonny to a horse farm, her predictable world starts to change. The owner, Lizzie, gives Bonny a job in the stables and shows her a life-size horse sculpture she is making, inviting Bonny to pose as its rider and help in its creation. As Bonny’s sense of her possibilities expands, she starts to understand the meaning of her new friend’s advice: a true gift is never to be wasted — and if you “breathe the world in deep,” you can do anything.

Against an idyllic backdrop of the English countryside, a consummate storyteller and an award-winning artist tell an affecting tale about the power of friendship and creativity. This is a tale that will resonate with aspiring artists, horse lovers, independent thinkers, and dreaming young minds everywhere.

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Thoughtful and validating, the story embraces the idea of change and doing what you love. The refreshing illustrations combine full-color paintings of the Dales with sidebar black-and-white studies of animals, reminiscent of an artist’s sketchbook. In addition to livening up the small, squarish trim size of the book, the illustrative style also mirrors and enhances the storyline of the artist/sculptor who is so formative to Bonny’s path in life." — Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

Recommended Age 8 - 11
Author Sir Michael Morpurgo
Illustrator Olivia Lomenech Gill
ISBN 1406364584
Publication Date Nov 10, 2020
Publisher Candlewick
Language English