Horse & Buggy on Ice

­Holiday House. (I Like to Read). Dec. 2022. 32p. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9780823447688.
PreS-Gr 3–A quick, silly tale about two friends, Horse and Buggy, on ice skates. As Horse, a big goofy horse, attempts spins and leaps across the ice, Buggy, a furry little bug with long lashes, worries that Horse will get hurt, even though Horse insists he won’t. When Horse finally does crash, he quickly recovers, and Horse and Buggy are skating together again. As with all the books in the “Horse & Buggy” series, this one is short and incredibly easy to navigate. There are only about 75 words total, and the texts and pictures work together to move the plot forward. Visually, this is very funny, with Horse’s rubber band limbs bending in every direction as he dances—”Shick! Shick! Shick!”—across the ice. But the funniest image is the final scene where Buggy holds Horse high in the air with one hand as the two skate, eyes closed, in full costume. The two friends have already painted, danced, and planted in the “Horse & Buggy” series; now they skate.
VERDICT With very little assistance, emerging readers will enjoy working their way through this silly, funny book.

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