PONY ON THE TWELFTH FLOOR, by Polly Faber, Illustrated by Sarah Jennings, Candlewick Press

A hilarious and charming story of a girl, a high rise, and one very inappropriate pet, from the author of the Mango & Bambang series.

Kizzy thought she had dreamed of every possible way she might get a pony. She’d never expected to pick one up from the supermarket. But wherever the plump pony munching on flapjacks in the bakery aisle has come from, Kizzy knows he’s everything she’s ever wished for: a loyal companion and her ticket to showjumping gold at Olympia. There’s just one small problem: how do you keep a pony on the twelfth floor of a high rise without your mum finding out? From Polly Faber, author of the Mango & Bambang series, comes a heartwarming and beautifully illustrated tale about following your dreams – no matter how far-fetched they seem. 

Out June 2020

256 Pages


I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

This is an illustrated chapter book for ages eight to twelve.

This book is a big fail for me. The story itself is cute and sweet and Donut a great treasure. However, for ages 8 to 12, very impressionable ages, there were several things that I did not like.

  1. Telling lies should never be left unaddressed by parents.
  2. Keeping secrets about things unhealthy should never be acceptable.
  3. Mr. Newman’s role and his bees was incredibly uncomfortable for me to read as a parent let alone a reviewer, especially in this day and age.
  4. Taking too many risks for selfish purposes can be dangerous, especially for children of any age.

As a writer of children’s books, an example must be set on the pages we draft. A story about a girl and her desire to have her own pony at all costs regardless of how dangerous or wrong her actions are to achieve those desires, is not a good example to set. Also, I was gravely disappointed to see the section about Mr. Newman encouraging Kizzy to a secluded, locked secret place–an adult and a child. This was disturbing to see in this day and age.

Overall, this wasn’t a stinker since the premise of the book was rather fun. It’s just a shame the writing wasn’t more responsible.

I did not rate this book

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