Spellbound Ponies (series)
HarperCollins GB, 2021
128pp., pbk., RRP $A12.99
The ponies of Pemberley Stables have been bound by magic and each of them is trapped in time. Can two brave girls help get them back?
Each story in this new series for newly independent readers focuses on the plight of one of the ponies… Bess the highway pony is very good at robbing the carriages and loves life just the way it is; Prince the racehorse isn’t as speedy as he used to be and his love of fine dining isn’t helping matters; Sparkle the white pony has been magicked to be messy and can’t stop rolling in mud; and Champ the palomino pony has been magicked to be exceptional – or that is what he is telling everyone! Gus the riding school pony is very grumpy and Margot the dressage pony is getting all the steps wrong. How can Olivia and Eliza help each one?.
With fairly simple plots and capitalising on young girls’ love of horses and magic, this is a new series for those who are moving to reading independently yet who still need the support of short chapters and illustrations to consolidate their skills. With the first two available now, and two more in early July, this is a great series to introduce young readers so they can while away the winter weeks ahead with reading. They will put themselves in the shoes of either Olivia or Eliza or become their friend and be engrossed in the stories and waiting for more.