Book Review: “Prince Ali: An Arabian Horse Novel” (Wonder Horse series)
By Victoria Hardesty & Nancy Perez
Reviewed by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
Do you love beautiful, majestic, horses? If so, Prince Ali: An Arabian Horse Novel is essential for your library. A stunning Arabian stallion named Prince Ali is the esteemed star of this captivating tale. Not only is he gorgeous, but Ali displays his infinite wisdom by talking to other animals and solving problems. While Ali is Grand Marshall of the Swallow’s Day Parade, a scary situation arises, but Ali calms the victims of the mishap and saves the day. Members of the crowd who saw what occurred were awed by the beautiful grey stallion’s actions.
Readers will be astounded by the bond between Ali and Becky. When he arrived in the world, little eight-year-old Becky was worried the baby horse might be cold. Guess what she did to resolve the issue? She dressed him in a pair of her pajamas. How adorable is that? From that day forward, Becky spent every possible moment with her best pal, Ali. He thought of Becky as “his Becky.”
Becky’s parents adored their only child. They hired a trainer, Ginny Hartley, to help polish Becky’s equestrian skills. Ginny and Becky developed a wonderful relationship. In fact, Becky had such fondness for Ginny she called her “Aunt Ginny.”
Tragedy struck when Ali was drugged and stolen after the parade. Becky interrupted the thieves’ actions, but they had already drugged Ali. During the struggle, one of the thugs pushed Becky. She hit her head and lay unconscious. Ali knew something terrible happened to his best friend, but he was helpless, battling the effects of the drugs.
Little Becky lay hospitalized in a coma while detectives searched for Ali. Sometimes the beautiful stallion got discouraged because he had no idea where he was. How would he find his way back to his best friend? How did the crime unravel? What if Becky woke up and Ali was still missing?
Prince Ali is an unforgettable story. The writing style makes you feel the emotions of the scenes. You’ll anxiously turn the pages to uncover what happens next. It’s a five-star read I highly recommend. I’m eagerly awaiting the next book in the series. Congratulations to the authors for a job well done.
“Prince Ali: An Arabian Horse Novel”
Series: Wonder Horse
Paperback: 194 pages
Age range: Teen and Young Adult Fiction
Publisher: Publication Consultants; First edition (November 20, 2017)
Visit Amazon to purchase any of the Wonder Horse series or other books by authors Victoria Hardesty and Nancy Perez.
MORE ABOUT THE REVIEWER: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne is an award-winning children’s book author with six books published at this time: My Life at Sweetbrier, Charlie the Horse, Charlene the Star, Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes, Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog and A Tractor Named Wilbur. Deanie’s books offer powerful life lessons for children, such as setting goals, perseverance, sharing, and friendship. Her sister, Holly Humphrys-Bajaj, beautifully illustrates all of Deanie’s fictional books and designs the covers. The fictional stories are told by the memorable animal characters, who keep readers entertained with their endearing personalities. The animals find creative ways to help their friends. Her books won several awards including the Mom's Choice Gold Medal and Reader's Favorites Silver medal. All books are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. You may also order signed copies from Deanie through her website. www.childrensbookswithlifelessons.com/
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