Cover image for If I had a horse / Gianna Marino.
If I had a horse / Gianna Marino.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Roaring Brook Press, 2018.

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 x 29 cm
General Note:
"A Neal Porter book."
If I Had a Horse about a girl imagining what life would be like with a horse.


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
MAR Book Easy Collection

On Order



If I had a horse, he might be shy, like me.But if I stayed quiet, he'd learn to be my friend.I would have to tame him. I would have to be strong, like him. And he would have to be gentle, like me.And together, we could do anything.Gianna Marino's vibrant, silhouetted art brings to life this picture book about understanding, stepping beyond boundaries, and bravery.

Author Notes

Gianna Marino has written and illustrated numerous articles for travel and leisure magazines. Her children's books include Zoopa: An Animal Alphabet, One Too Many, Meet Me at the Moon, Too Tall Houses, and Following Papa's Song.

Reviews 1

Publisher's Weekly Review

In a wistful and hopeful voice, a girl imagines the possibilities that could come from having a horse. The two could learn from each other ("I would have to be strong. Like him. He would have to be gentle. Like me") and, after getting to know each other, become friends ("We would explore places we've never been"). The repetition of the phrase "If I had a horse" pulls readers forward, but Marino (Splotch) keeps the story's energy subdued. Using watery washes of color, she depicts girl and horse in silhouettes that stretch across the pages, placing them against gestural backdrops of waving grass, towering trees, and distant pine-studded hills. As the book progresses, the illustrations shift from warm reds, yellows, and oranges to cool greens, blues, and violets, suggesting morning becoming midday, then night. Marino's silhouettes should make it easy for readers to imagine themselves in the story, a contemplative tribute to children's deeply felt desires for a pet and how one's imagination can almost bring those fantasies to life. Ages 4-8. Agent: Deborah Warren, East-West Literary. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.