MY HORSE SAYS by Mary Schroeder


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...nay, net so. Like the Moffats of New Dollar Street, the Warner family must move, but there the similarity ends. Elizabeth, youngest of the three Warner children, has an imaginary horse who comes to chat with her and give her sage advice. His words lead the children to Monksilver, owned by Squire Norton who refuses to rent it. Miss Matilda Norton, the Squire s eccentric sister, and the book's only real character, conspires to help the children make the renting of l Monksilver possible. Coincidence builds upon coincidence until the reader finds himself exclaiming in the dialogue of the characters: ""Gosh' What utter nonsense."" The children are, as is often true in English books, of indeterminate age, though Elizabeth acts much too old to still be playing horsey; and the married couple, the Towzers, call each other ""dearest"" and ""love"" with exaggerated emphasis. If the book was designed to be serious, the end effect is laughable; if it was designed to compete with Aiken's satire in Wolves of Willoughby Chase this is a sad howl in an over-populated forest.

Pub Date: April 16th, 1965
Publisher: Coward-McCann