Perfect Picture Book Friday – Randy, The Badly Drawn Horse

Howdy, friends!

It’s time for the weekly Perfect Picture Book round-up!

Today I have a wonderful book that manages to combine a meaningful theme with great humor. I hope you will love it!

Title: Randy, The Badly Drawn Horse

Written & Illustrated By: T. L. McBeth

Publisher: Henry Holt & Co, August 2020, fiction

Suitable For Ages: 4-8

Themes/Topics: metafiction, unconditional love, humor, expectations

Opening: “‘Mom! Look!
I drew a beautiful horse!’

‘He is beautiful! Great job, dear!’

I am a beautiful horse! Everyone loves me.”

text and illustration copyright T. L. McBeth 2020, Henry Holt

Brief Synopsis: Randy knows he’s a beautiful horse―everyone says so. From his flowing mane to his long, elegant legs, to his perfect smile that lights up the sky! But while on a grand adventure, he catches sight of himself and suddenly he’s not so sure…

text and illustration copyright T. L. McBeth 2020, Henry Holt

Links To Resources: 7 Imagination Activities For Kids; 10 Hands-On Activities To Teach Kids About Love; draw a picture of something you love and make up an adventure

text and illustration copyright T. L. McBeth 2020, Henry Holt

Why I Like This Book: I love the creativity and imagination of the child drawing Randy and then sending him on an adventure, and the humor of Randy’s responses to having to deal with the situations he’s put in (cleaning up the mess when the child makes him a great chef, pulling himself out of the crevasse (which is actually the spine of the book), dragging his thirsty self along when he ends up in the desert. His whole vision of himself is based on the child’s initial description of him as beautiful and the mom’s agreement, so when he sees his reflection he is taken aback, suddenly unsure of himself. But unconditional love wins out and Randy understands that to his child creator (and therefore to himself) he truly is beautiful. This is a delightful book that will have kids laughing out loud, but also empathizing with Randy’s moment of self-doubt. . . because we’ve all been there.

text and illustration copyright T. L. McBeth 2020, Henry Holt

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do 😊

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Have a wonderful weekend, everyone! 😊

26 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday – Randy, The Badly Drawn Horse

  1. Maria Marshall says:

    Susanna, you find the greatest books. I hadn’t seen this one. But boy can my inner kid identify with this story. I can’t wait to get a hold of it. Thanks!

    • Susanna Leonard Hill says:

      I’m glad you like them too, David! I also love This Book Just Ate My Dog by Richard Byrne – another stuck in the spine story 😊 I can’t remember if I’ve done it for PPBF – maybe I should do it next week! 😊

  2. Cathy Ballou Mealey says:

    I love Randy!

    I followed T.L. on social media after he illustrated “Stegothesaurus” by Bridget Heos so that I would hear about all his funny, clever books! So glad Randy is gaining fans!

  3. syorkeviney says:

    This is so wonderful! So usable in primary classrooms! I will be introducing this to my early childhood education students! What a find! Thanks Susanna, you continue to introduce us to books that inspire and books that just work to speak to children’s lives!!!

  4. authorlaurablog says:

    I am so excited to see this book! I had a manuscript that has similarities but I shelved it when I couldn’t figure out a story arc. Maybe this will be a mentor text of inspiration.

  5. Jilanne Hoffmann says:

    This book sounds fun! Maybe we should get rid of all the mirrors in the world, LOL, but I suppose there are many ways to doubt oneself, yes? This one flew below my radar, so thank you for featuring it, Susanna! Adding it to my TBR list. Cheers!

  6. palpbkids says:

    What a wonderful way to build self-confidence without even knowing it!
    Thank you, Susanna, for bringing this brilliant book to our attention.
    Have a great weekend!

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