Like all the best children's stories, The Proud Circus Horse combines comedy and tragedy, moments of real darkness and fear and great tenderness. Our eponymous hero goes from stardom in the circus to life on the run as a brigand's getaway horse to the sad broken life of a worn out old nag before he is finally reunited with his one true friend. The illustrations, in scratchy pen and ink, add wonderfully to the atmosphere - creeping up on the hen run, the villagers on patrol with rakes and pitchforks, the horse's physical journey from riches to rags are all memorably captured. So memorably that after thirty years they are still vivid in my mind's eye.
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