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Written by Pam Smy

Illustrated by Pam Smy

Key Stage 1 Stories about Animals

LoveReading View on Merrylegs

An enchanting story of friendship and self-belief illustrating you can see the world with new eyes

Merrylegs is a bored riding school pony just plodding around the school, not noticing the delight of the children who ride him. It takes his friend Feathers to show him the Carousel in a local fair to inspire him to new heights. It takes a while, and the magic of the night for Merrylegs to realise he can be the pony that strides out, going from ‘stumble, clump, clippety clomp’ to ‘snippety trip, clippety trip, trip, trot, trip’!  His dreams have inspired him and he’s now the pony enjoying all the children riding him.

This is a beautiful simple storybook showing you can achieve your dreams – a truly inspirational message.  The illustration style is clear and accurate with lovely details to spot, the ponies look like you really could ride them.  Spot the deliberate changes from frontispiece to end papers – reinforcing the story message. Pam Smy uses so many different techniques in her books I do hope she continues to use what I assume are lithographic processes.  The lovely rhythm of Merrylegs strides, repeated often in the text, will make this a read aloud favourite for classes and children everywhere.

Tricia Adams

Merrylegs Synopsis

Merrylegs wishes he was different. He's just a boring riding-school pony, stomping and clomping round day after day. But with a little magic he discovers that when you love yourself, you can see the world with fresh eyes!

A future classic celebrating the power of self-belief.

Merrylegs Press Reviews

'An inspiring story of friendship and self-belief' The Bookseller 

'A charming and engaging story about dreams, wishes and that sprinkle of magic...' Books for Keeps

Book Information

ISBN: 9781788450584
Publication date: 6th August 2020
Author: Pam Smy
Illustrator: Pam Smy
Publisher: David Fickling Books
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 32 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 1
Topics: Animals

About Pam Smy

Pam Smy is a Senior Lecturer Practitioner in Illustration on the MA Children’s Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art. She combines her teaching career with writing and illustrating. She studied on the MA herself, graduating with the first cohort in 2004. Since then she has worked with a range of UK publishers including The Folio Society, Penguin Random House and David Fickling Books. Pam has illustrated books by Conan Doyle (The Hound of the Baskervilles), Julia Donaldson (Follow the Swallow) and Kathy Henderson (Hush, Baby, Hush!), among others. Her first novel, Thornhill ...

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