Greenhouse Funny Prize winner and debut author, Gavin Puckett, doesn’t disappoint with this humorous tale about a racehorse from Surrey called Murray who dreams of following in the footsteps of his family and becoming a champion. However, Murray has a problem, despite his distinguished pedigree; he’s just not that fast.
Relegated to the side-lines and with his trainer dubbing him ‘A racing disaster!’, so slow that ‘Jockeys could even run faster’ it looks like our hero will never get his chance to race. Until, suddenly, in an unexpected turn of events, he does, and with hilarious consequences.
Beautifully written in delightful rhyme, this quirky story of a hapless racehorse is stuffed full of wit and charm. Deftly constructed, the plot gallops the reader to the brilliant and wacky climax.
This is an inspiring and heart-warming tale from an author who clearly understands children. Full of hope and with the message to reach for your dreams even if you have to improvise a little to get there, this book is a treat. In addition, the black and white drawings by Frank Rogers bring the deliciously goofy character of Murray to life and are an enjoyable accompaniment to the text.
Murray the Horse is a wonderful read-to or read-alone book for children of six years old and over. Although, I am sure the jokes will delight adults too. Horse lovers, in particular, will adore it.