Haas combines realistic horse adventures and grade school pony love like no one else. Bramble is sassy but never scary; Maggie persistent and cheerful, but not all-knowing. Friend’s enticing gouache illustrations appear on every page, a help to children just moving into longer books.
For new readers gaining confidence, the simple sentences are peppered with more challenging vocabulary, and they build in complexity over the course of the book. The soft gouache illustrations delicately draw out and supplement the text’s humor in both spot art and full spreads.
—The Horn Book
Portraying human and animal characters empathetically, the narrative features moments of humor as well as insight. Expressive watercolor artwork will draw horse lovers to this highly satisfying book for beginning readers.
Haas’ short, accessible sentences … are an inviting and achievable success for readers just moving beyond formal beginner series. Friend’s gouache illustrations combine soft, sunny realism with a touch of bulbous cartooniness in Bramble herself, whose wide-eyed expression always seems to be questioning the world. Horse lovers who’ve moved past Bang-Campell’s LITTLE RAT RIDES will enjoy Bramble and Maggie’s company.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
Bramble and Maggie return in this delightful tale about a girl and her horse. … Equine fans and those ready to progress to more substantial plots will enjoy this early reader.
—School Library Journal