The True Story of Zippy Chippy: The Little Horse That Couldn’t

NorthSouth. Feb. 2020. 40p. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9780735843967.
K-Gr 3–Bennett tells the story of Zippy Chippy, a racehorse born in 1991 who never won a race in his entire career yet still garnered legions of fans. Though a poor runner, he became depressed when he didn’t race. After Zippy Chippy was sold in 1995, his new trainer Felix kept working with him despite his difficult behavior. Felix was ready to give up until his daughter managed to befriend the animal. Zippy Chippy kept racing and even gained popularity among gamblers and racetrack visitors despite his abysmal record (0-100). His perseverance in the face of the odds endeared him to the public. Even after he retired and moved to a farm for retired racehorses, he was the most beloved horse among the lot. The cute cartoon illustrations match the amusing narrative, making this a fun story for sharing.
VERDICT For general purchase where horse books are popular.

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