I Cannot Draw a Horse (Charise Mericle Harper)

Hello, friends! Our book today is I Cannot Draw a Horse by Charise Mericle Harper, a delightful fourth wall-breaking adventure about creativity and confidence.

Our story begins with a shape, a “nothing” shape to be precise. The shape wonders what it will be, and the unseen narrator crafts it into a cat. Excited by this change, the cat asks for a horse companion, but therein lies the rub: the narrator cannot draw a horse (horses are hard to draw). The narrator offers plenty more suggestions and sketchy ideas, leading the cat on some energetic adventures, but the cat will settle for nothing less than a horse for a friend. Can the narrator find a way to appease this fickle fictional feline?

Silly fun with a hint of encouragement. This meta take on creative ability is one that artists of any age can laugh at; after all, horses ARE pretty hard to draw. And while the ending of the book is slightly abrupt, the subtle lesson on trying something new – even if you’re not sure you can do it – lands perfectly beforehand. Harper’s narrative between artist and creation is tons of fun to read aloud, seamlessly flowing between text and speech bubbles and paired with perfectly simplistic yet expressive art. The length is perfect for a storytime, and JJ had plenty of giggles over the cat’s unexpected antics. Overall, a charming read that perfectly balanced laughs and a lesson, and it’s Baby Bookworm approved!

(Note: A copy of this book was provided to the Baby Bookworm by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)

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