Thursday, February 5, 2009



Aaron is thrilled when Grandpa Roy gives him a horse for his birthday. After all, that's what Aaron wanted more than anything in the world. However, living with Horace the horse isn't as easy as Aaron predicted. To start with, Horace eats Aaron's strawberry cake and is incredibly messy. He spills food and drink all over the place. To make matters worse, Aaron has to clean up after him. But that's not all... Since Horace has the remote control, now they're all stuck watching horse racing. Aaron would rather watch cartoons! But sweet Horace pushes this further, stealing Mom's toothbrush and even Aaron's bed. Poor Aaron must now sleep on the floor!Perhaps keeping a horse at home isn't such a good idea, after all. Or is it?

You'll have to read the book to see all of Horace's naughty antics and to find out what Aaron decides. A Horse of Course is the latest children's picture book by talented Oregonian author Shari Lyle-Soffe. Soffe really knows what appeals to young children and this is portrayed in her delightful books. The story is cute and quirky and will keep children's eyes glued to the pages as Horace's antics grow from silly to outrageous. I loved the artwork in this book, it just goes so well with the story. The illustrations, done in colored markers, pens and crayons, have a cartoonish style and are as whimsical as the tale. This book will not only be enjoyed by children who love horses, but by all, young and old, who love a good humorous story.

--Mayra Calvani, Midwest Book Review


Susan Marlow . . . said...

So, this blog is dedicated to "A Horse of Course"? Sounds fun!
I live in WA. Just out "surfing" the blogs...

Shari Lyle-Soffe said...


Thanks for your comment. I just started this blog yesterday....more is coming.


Dixieland57 said...


Donna J. Shepherd said...

Oh, that cover is hilarious! Should be very appealing to kids - and big kids like me! - Donna

Anonymous said...

I luv the horse. I wrote a story about a Pegasus & can't wait to see what the artist comes up with.

The Differently-Abled Children's Author
J. Aday Kennedy

Jennifer Gladen said...

Awesome Shari!!

Donna M. McDine said...

Shari...beautiful cover. Your horse comes across innocent, but I don't think he is.

Best wishes for huge sales,

Mayra Calvani said...

Lovely cover, Shari!

It's funny but also sweet (the eyes)... The artist captured something special there. I also love the colors.


When is the book coming out?

Is this a GAP artist?

Shari Lyle-Soffe said...


Yes! Eugene Ruble is a GAP artist. The book is on the list for April...that might be pushing it a bit. Soon though.