Rosie’s Magic Horse/ #PPBF

Hi Friends!

In our imagination we can do anything. We can climb big buildings, make millions, or become superman and fly. Or we can write for children. Russell Hoban did just that with his imagination. This book is a wonder of the imagination and reminded me of when I was a child and capable of these things.


Book cover_Rosie's Magic HOrse_dTitle: Rosie’s Magic Horse

Author/ Illustrator : Russell Hoban / Quentin Blake

Publishing info: 2012; Candlewick Press, all ages

Themes:  /adventure, affecting others, helping parents, imagination, dreams

First Three Sentences : There was an ice-pop stick with ice-cold sweetness all around it, white on the inside, pink on the outside. Then the sweetness was gone, and the stick fell to the ground. “The sweetness is gone,” said the stick. “No more sweetness.”

Summary From amazon site: “ Once its icy sweetness is gone, a discarded ice-pop stick is lonely until young Rosie comes by and lays it in a cigar box with others like it. But this stick wants to be something! Meanwhile, just before bed, Rosie sees her parents worrying over their bills. That night, wishes intertwine when Rosie dreams of a horse named Stickerino galloping out of the cigar box. “Where to?” he asks. “Anywhere with treasure!” says Rosie. A girl and a horse galloping over cities, jungles, and an icepop mountain leads up to a clever heist of a gold-filled pirate chest — and a happy ending at home — in this wildly imaginative adventure.


Resources:  here is a guide with correlations to the common core : 

For more ideas and flannel board look on pinterest

Or read the story to your students without showing them the   illustrations and have them draw the pictures of what they imagine is going on in the story.

Why I love it : Russell Hoban has published more than forty children’s books and I can see why. He is just as imaginative as a child. Rosie’s Magic Horse which is  just a pop stick takes you on an adventure just like if you were a child thinking up this story. One idea leads to another. Quentin Blake’s illustrations are like eye candy to deliver the goods. This is one fantastic pair. From talking sticks to one’s that have big dreams, the help solve Rosie’s parents problems. How? I am not telling.


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So you see? There is no scarcity of places to look for picture books. Enjoy!!

See you on Tuesday! and again next Friday with another Perfect Picture Book.

Have a Happy Happy Weekend!




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22 Responses to Rosie’s Magic Horse/ #PPBF

  1. Darlene says:

    What a delightful book! I like that it is advertised for all ages. The imagination is indeed a marvellous thing.

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  2. Today is a day for imagination! Love this idea for the book. Great to encourage imagination in children. The illustrations look whimsical and fun!

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    • clarbojahn says:

      Thanks, Patriicia! The illustrations are perfect to send a reader on the path of the text and story. I seem to remember they were watercolor. 🙂


  3. A sweet book by two kidlit masters. I think I need a popsicle!

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  4. Wow! Russell Hoban and Quentin Blake is a winning combination!

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  5. Wendy says:

    I think this was Russell Hoban’s last book before he died. Think I’ll go have a popsicle in his memory.

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  6. Joanna says:

    Hoban and Blake – two masters!

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  7. Love this book (and anything from Blake of Hoban!)!

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  8. ManjuBeth says:

    I like all the books illustrated by Quentin Blake. This one looks very special. Thanks!

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  9. granny1947 says:

    Oh my word…the second kid’s book today that I want to read!!!

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    • clarbojahn says:

      Thanks, Granny! Some days are like that. I usually keep my library tab open and just put books on hold on Fridays when I read PPBF reviews. So much easier that way. 🙂


  10. beleyne says:

    I love the sound of this book. Another great one for my class!

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  11. This sounds cool! 😀


  12. Lately I seem to be reading a lot of books about dream adventures. This one looks like a lot of fun.


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