Arno and His Horse

A beautifully written rhyming text, matched with exquisite illustrations, that explores love, loss, memory, and the power that objects can hold.

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About the book

Publisher notes

  • Publication date: 04 May 2021
    ISBN: 9781925849486
    Format (h x w): 275mm × 235mm
    Extent: 32pp
    Category: Hardback
    RRP: AU $24.99
    Rights held: World
    Rights sold: Germany, France

  • Publication date: 08 Apr 2021
    ISBN: 9781912854899
    Format (h x w): 275mm × 235mm
    Extent: 32pp
    Category: Hardback
    RRP: £11.99
    Rights held: World
    Rights sold: Germany, France

  • Publication date: 2 March 2021
    ISBN: 9781950354467
    Format (h x w): 11” × 9"
    Extent: 32pp
    Category: Hardback
    RRP: US $16.99
    Rights held: World
    Rights sold: Germany, France

Description

Arno had a horse,
it was brown and it was black.
He took it with him everywhere,
but did he bring it back?

When Arno loses his precious toy horse, all the kids 
in town help him to look for it. They look everywhere, but will Arno ever see his horse again?

A touching story about memory, dreams, and the mysterious ways we feel connected to those we love.

‘A delightful rhyme scheme and Felicita Sala’s beautiful watercolour illustrations of the landscape, as well as of Arno and his friends, make this poignant tale truly special. I particularly loved the depiction of the strong bond between grandparent and grandchild through a keepsake. Arno and His Horse is an utter delight for kids ages 3+.’

— Angela Crocombe, Readings Kids

Reviews

‘When Arno loses his wooden horse, everyone helps hunt for the small carving….[Grandpa] is introduced as the now-deceased carver of the horse. That’s what makes it special. After Arno dreams about his grandpa, he knows where to find the horse…Grandpa is seen fording the river, both in Arno’s memory of his grandfather’s stories and in his dream. Does it matter? The book’s emphasis on the relationship between the older man and the young boy is comforting.’
Kirkus

‘Besides offering an Australian setting and suggesting the boy’s powerful connection with his grandfather, the book communicates a strong sense that something magical has happened…An appealing addition to picture-book collections.’
Booklist

‘Wide landscapes help to illustrate happy days past and present in this story about the sweetness of remembrance’
Foreword Reviews