Arno and his Horse is a beautifully written rhyming text, matched with exquisite illustrations, that explores love, memory, loss and the power objects can hold.
This was a touching story, with beautiful remembrances of a grandfather who has passed on. The cadence is mostly delightful, but there are some near rhymes that trip you up unfortunately.
The illustrations are beautiful but the story, while touching and with a compelling idea, is too disjointed. Varying cadence and too many unnecessary near rhymes also detract from a more rewarding reading experience.
Jane Godwin is the author of many award-winning stories for young people, including her bestselling picture books with Anna Walker, <i>Sadie and the Silver Shoes</i>, <i> What Do You Wish For?</i>, <i> Today We Have No Plans</i>, <i>All Through the Year</i>, and <i>Little Cat and the Big Red Bus</i>. Jane has also collaborated with Andrew Joyner on the delightful picture books <i>How Big Is Too Small?</i> and <i>Bear Make Den</i>. Visit her at JaneGodwin.com.au.
Felicita is a self taught illustrator. She graduated in Philosophy from the University of Western Australia. She has illustrated several picture books, such as Mr.Crum’s Potato Predicament, Big Foot and Little Foot, She Made a Monster and Ode to an Onion. She is the author and illustrator of Lunch at n.10, Pomegranate Street. She draws inspiration from folk art and music, mid-century illustration, byzantine iconography, nature, and children. She lives in Rome with her husband and their daughter, Nina.