Review: Gunner Hurricane Horse by Judy Andrekson

8 Nov

Publisher: Tundra Press
Released: September, 2010
Genre: Middle grade non-fiction
Review copy from publisher.

PBJ Decks Smokin Gun (Gunner) is an American Paint Horse, one of the many of Heather Lott Goodwin’s herd, and a valuable show animal that won the World Championship Paint Horse title. When Hurricane Katrina passed over the Goodwin property, it took with it the fences, the cattle, and several horses. Heather and her family lived in their horse trailer for six weeks and considered themselves lucky to have safe, comfortable shelter. After the storm, they searched for the animals and recovered many of them. But three months passed before they located Gunner, a hundred miles away. They were told he was in terrible shape and should be put down. Nevertheless, Heather drove on washed-out roads to bring him home, starving, dehydrated, and blind in one eye. With the help of a vet and her mother, she nursed him back to health. Amazingly, nine months later, he was well enough to compete again in the World Championship Paint Horse Show. Gunner’s story is a testament to love and to determination.

From Tundra Books website.

This is my first foray into kids non-fiction. Actually, before I read Gunner, I didn’t even know that kids non-fiction existed. This was a cute book and I think that kids who like horses will love hearing about Gunner and everything he went through. I also think that it’s a great book to teach about perseverance and overcoming hardship.

I love that while this was not a picture book, there were pictures included to accentuate different aspects of the story. There weren’t a lot, but I think that there were enough that any readers making the jump from picture books to chapter books would like it.

This book is geared towards 8-12 year olds, so I must admit my eyebrows raised at the use of the word Hell early on. Now, I am not against cursing, and quite often do it myself. I was just surprised at the use of the word in a book written for kids.

I think Gunner:Hurricane Horse would be the perfect read for kids not only interested in horses, but that are looking for more real to life stories.


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