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by Polly Faber ; illustrated by Sarah Jennings

Pub Date: June 9th, 2020
ISBN: 978-1-5362-0930-3
Publisher: Candlewick

A horse-crazy city girl has her wish fulfilled when she finds a stray pony at the grocery store.

Kizzy has always wanted a pony, but living in an apartment building on a limited budget hasn’t allowed for so much as riding lessons. So when she and her best friend, Pawel, discover a pony munching on the pastries, Kizzy thinks quickly, claiming the pony and taking it home. She manages to get “Donut” up to her apartment and into her bedroom without anyone noticing—even overnight. But getting her new pony in and out of the building daily, finding the money to buy food for the constant eater, cleaning up his poop, and keeping him out of trouble all challenge her ambition to keep him. With a little help from some old and new friends, Kizzy keeps the pony longer than she logically should, but when she finally finds its rightful owner, it’s not the devastating farewell she had feared. The book’s premise is one many children will enjoy, and though the story feels overlong—rather like Donut’s sojourn with Kizzy—Faber writes in a way that respects young readers’ intelligence, making this a chapter-book/middle-grade hybrid ideal for young, advanced readers. Full- and half-page black-and-white illustrations show that Kizzy and her family are black; her friend Pawel’s family is Polish.

Featuring innocent content written with flair, this book fills a gap.

(Fiction. 8-12)