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In which the Wild Horse Creek series gets a great review, and we think a bit about books about horses

Sharon Siamon’s Wild Horse Creek books just received a great review in the latest issue of CM Magazine.

The reviewer remarked on the freshness and naivety of The Mystery Stallion, which caught my attention as I’d just finished reading a really interesting post from the Guardian Books Blog about horse books for girls. Imogen Russell Williams, the author of the post, writes pretty nostalgically, if a bit sarcastically, about the horse books she read as a girl. Still, when it comes to modern horse books she advises readers to, “Give them a miss”. Her reasons? Too formulaic and too full of glamorous things like belly button piercings.

So reading that, and then reading the review that praised Sharon’s books, got me thinking. What exactly makes Sharon’s books “fresh and naïve”, and how are they different from other horse books? The Wild Horse Creek books are amazing because they are adventure stories, plain and simple. Nothing weighs a good adventure down more than having to stop to deal with “teen issues” and so Liv and Sophie have the same sorts problems that girls have been having from the beginning of time, but those problems take a backseat to riding in the desert and protecting their grandparents’ heard. Because of this, the Wild Horse Creek series feels pretty timeless. No belly button piercings, but plenty of circling coyotes and underground caves.

When I was a kid, my mom gave me her copy of Misty of Chincoteague and I devoured it. That was another timeless book, I think. Looking back, I love that my mom and I both got to love that book when we were about the same age. I love that nothing in that book got in the way of both of us being able to get pulled into that story.

Anyway, this is just a small theory of mine about what makes girls love books about horses. They’re adventure stories. They’re exciting.  It’s actually a pretty simple theory.

In case you thought this post was getting too serious, I want to share something disturbing. Look! They stuffed the real Misty and she’s on display at a ranch in Virginia.

Misty

Oh my childhood heroes…

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In which readers are welcomed and given a brief introduction to both walruses and Walrus Books

Welcome.  Thanks for stopping by. We thought since this was our first blog entry, we’d quickly tell you a little about ourselves and the sorts of things we think about. Like this, for example:

8 Reasons Walrus Books is not like a Walrus

  1. The walrus is a large flippered marine animal. Walrus Books is a small publishing company (a division of Whitecap Books), specializing in non-fiction and fiction titles for young people.
  2. The walrus lives mostly in the Arctic Ocean. Walrus Books lives exclusively in North Vancouver, British Columbia. Walrus Books has never even seen the Arctic Ocean.
  3. The walrus is hunted for its meat, fat, skin, tusks and bones. Walrus Books is hunted for its amazing non-fiction books (like the Dot-to-Dot in the Sky series), its incredible picture books (like Dogabet) and its fantastic novels (like Gaia Wild). Hunters commonly cry out, “Please!  I must find the latest book in the Wild Horse Creek series by Sharon Siamon!”
  4. The walrus likes to eat mollusks. Walrus Books just had to Google to find out what a mollusk is. It’s this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mollusc
  5. The walrus got its name from the combination of the Dutch words for whale and horse. Walrus Books is named after the walrus.
  6. There are approximately 200,000 walruses alive in the world today. There are approximately 125 Walrus Books titles alive in the world today. While none of our books was written by a walrus, there is a walrus in A Pacific Alphabet by Margriet Ruurs . We love that book.
  7. The Beatles wrote a song about being a walrus. We’re pretty sure that’s what they meant, but you can never be sure. Maybe they meant they were Walrus Books (coo coo ca choo).
  8. The walrus is a social animal and likes spending time with other walruses.  Walrus Books is not sure about how it feels about other walruses.  It likes Walrus Books authors though.  It thinks they’re swell.

Feel free to introduce yourselves to us in the comments section.  What’s your favourite Walrus Books title? Are you more like a walrus than Walrus Books?  Given the tusks on those things, we’re sort of hoping not.

 

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