Oh, Harry! by Maxine Kumin, illustrated by Barry Moser (Roaring Brook Press)
Kumin, a highly acclaimed poet who breeds horses on her New Hampshire farm, imagines a funny tale about a horse with an unusual asset — calming his fellow equines in their horse-show barn. When 6-year-old Algernon Adams the Third arrives with a nasty attitude and a barrel of unruly tricks, he puts the whole stable in an uproar. The boy gets his comeuppance, however, when one of his daily pranks backfires and he ends up locked in the grain bin. How Harry saves the day and makes a lifelong friend of Algie provides fodder for Kumin’s agile pen. Moser’s deft illustrations capture Harry’s personality well, amusing children as well as parents reading the story aloud.
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