Blake collaborated with Hoban on the Whitbread-winning How Tom Beat Captain Najork and other titles, and his ink-and-watercolor drawings are as antic as ever. Rosie’s house is cozy and lived-in, with old drawings on the wall, and toys and books crowding her dresser. The pirate scenes are crammed with cheerful chaos, and the light, weightlessness, and long horizons of Stickerino’s flight make the impossible seem close. Hoban’s books asked big questions, and the answers were sometimes murky and mournful, but this last one is a happy farewell salute.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Blake's sprightly, quirky signature ink-and-watercolor illustrations vibrate with playfulness and humor as they transport Rosie and Stickerino from their mundane urban world across color-washed pages to a rainbow-hued ice-pop mountain populated with rascally pirates, hilariously tickled into submission by empowered ice-pop sticks.
Hoban makes use of magical realism to create a story in which the ordinary and the extraordinary exist side by side…Blake's beguiling art has life and movement on every page and invites children to believe that they, too, are on a magical journey where anything can happen.
—School Library Journal
Sheer exuberance prevails in ROSIE’S MAGIC HORSE, a delightful picture book, published posthumously, by Russell Hoban. Quentin Blake, best known for his contemporary illustrations of Roald Dahl's work, is a fine choice to complement Hoban's witty and original prose. His doodled ink-and-watercolor illustrations, rich with humor and whimsy, recall the work of William Steig.
—The New York Times online
[W]onderfully bizarre. … It's a magical, truly quirky adventure, one in which the rules need not apply…
—Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast
There is all manner of exuberant illustration and eccentric storytelling in ROSIE’S MAGIC HORSE.
—The Wall Street Journal