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Parmesan the Reluctant Racehorse

by Jacqui Halpin

illustrated by John Phillips

Little Pink Dog Books 2017 32 pp hardback $21.66 ISBN 9780994626929

This picture book for young children is about Parmesan the reluctant racehorse who actually thinks he is a dog. Both his parents are famous and successful racehorses but Parmesan has no interest in racing, he likes to stretch, lick, dig, beg, sniff and fetch like a dog. This becomes a problem when his owner wants to race him but an ingenious solution overcomes Parmesan’s reluctance and all ends happily.

This charming story makes its point through repetition, well-positioned illustrations and carefully placed text. The illustrations are cartoon like with a variety of expressive detail. The colours throughout are bright and cheerful. This book would appeal to all children who enjoy animal stories and ingenuous endings.

Reviewed by Mia Macrossan

1942 Amsterdam Ave NY (212) 862-3680

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