Libby of High Hopes

Libby of High Hopes

Hardback Paula Wiseman Books

By (author) Elise Primavera, Illustrated by Elise Primavera

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  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
  • Format: Hardback | 185 pages
  • Dimensions: 142mm x 193mm x 20mm | 295g
  • Publication date: 12 June 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 1416955429
  • ISBN 13: 9781416955429
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,413,664

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It takes meeting the horse of her dreams for Libby Thump to finally live up to her potential in this chapter book series from New York Times "bestselling author and illustrator Elise Primavera. Ten-year-old Libby Thump loves two things: her dog Margaret and horses. She dreams about them, draws them all the time, and more than anything she wants to take lessons and learn to ride like a real horsewoman. But when her mother decides to give the lessons to her older sister instead, Libby is beside herself. Libby's mom says Brittany needs the lessons more, to cure her "boy crazy phase"--and she also wants Libby to be "more girly," like Brittany. But Libby just wants to be herself. With charismatic optimism and determination, Libby hopes she can talk her parents into seeing her perspective. And in the meantime, at least she can visit the stables and see her favorite horse, Princess.... This all-new series featuring text and illustrations from Elise Primavera, of Auntie Claus and Louise the Big Cheese acclaim, will appeal to anyone interested in horses--or who knows the value of having a good friend.

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Elise Primavera is the author and illustrator of the New York Times "bestselling Auntie Claus series and the popular Gum Street Girls Series. She is also the author of the Louise the Big Cheese books and other award-winning titles. She lives in New Jersey, and you can visit her at ElisePrimavera.com.

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There's nothing better than horses for ten-year-old Libby Thump, so she's thrilled to discover that there's a nearby riding stable that might offer lessons. In a painful irony, Libby's parents do indeed fork out for lessons--for Libby's older sister, Laurel. Libby does at least get the privilege of riding an old pony during Laurel's class, and she hangs around the barn and learns as much as she can, taking a special interest in a retired jumper, Princess, and getting involved in the human drama of the stable's owners. Primavera captures with easy sympathy the frustration of a kid who's painfully close to getting what she wants, and the relationship between the sisters is plausible in its mix of envy, antipathy, and admiration; Libby's gleeful immersion into the world of the stable is also credibly depicted. There's too much plot going on, however, with Libby's horsey yearnings, her falling out with an old friend, the stable's issues, her sister's lessons, and so on, and only the story of Libby's yearning really emotionally engages. Young purists will wish for a little more equestrian authenticity, but dreamier youngsters won't mind that the riding scenario is pretty much a kid-imagined reality rather than a plausible stable. Pen and ink illustrations exude cheerful energy, and chapter headpieces, shaded with hatching, occasionally recall the cartoon ponies of the great Norman Thelwell. Give this to kids looking for more after Haas' "Runaway Radish" (BCCB 7/01). DS --"BCCB," July/August 2012--BCCB