A Horse Named Steve

Description from publisher, Kids Can Press:

“Steve is a fine horse. But he thinks he could be finer. He wants to be EXCEPTIONAL.”

When Steve finds a gold horn in the forest and attaches it to his head, ta-da! Exceptional! His friends are so impressed, they, too, attach objects to their own heads, in an effort to be as exceptional as Steve. So when Steve suddenly realizes his horn has gone missing, he’s devastated! He won’t be exceptional without his horn! Or will he?


Top Three Reasons Why I Love Author/Illustrator Kelly Collier’s Debut Picture Book:

1. Steve is my favorite kind of picture book character. He’s active, relatable, and flawed. I even love his name. It sounds funny and likeable and a little bit goofy. (My apologies to the Steves who are reading this.) Plus, look at him. When you see this first page, don’t you want to know this guy’s story?

2. The little reader or listener knows more than the main character. When Steve “loses” his gold horn, readers can clearly see that the horn is not lost at all. Being “in the know” makes little readers and listeners feel like a Very Big Deal.

3. It’s filled with clever, humorous asides. Various details are pointed out and big words are defined. So funny! This was the reason I had to OWN this book.

So go find Steve. Make his acquaintance. <———That means get to know him. You’ll be glad you did.

Congratulations, Claire Noland! YOU won some SHORTY & CLEM swag. 🙂

Tammi Sauer

Tammi Sauer

Tammi Sauer is a former teacher and library media specialist. She currently has 28 published books and more are on the way. In addition to winning awards, her books have gone on to do great things. Mostly Monsterly was selected for the 2012 Cheerios Spoonfuls of Stories program. Me Want Pet! was recently released in French which makes her feel extra fancy. And Your Alien the Musical is currently on tour across the nation. Tammi's latest books include Wordy Birdy Meets Mr. Cougarpants, A Little Chicken, and Nugget & Fang Go to School. To learn more about Tammi, visit her site at tammisauer.com.


  1. Ok, I really want to read this book! It sounds fantastic! Plus I love horses! 🙂

  2. I love when kids think they’re in on a secret!! Kudos to Kelly for explaining big words and knowing what tickles kids’ funny bones!

  3. What a great debut! I can’t wait to read about Steve!

  4. Oh this looks adorable. Adding to my list! Thanks for the post!

  5. Ha ha! This looks great! Thanks for sharing!

  6. A clever way for children to see they’re all golden.

  7. Thanks for sharing. This book sound awesome. It will definitely be added to my collection!

  8. Wow, this one’s a charmer for sure! I can’t wait to read it. Thanks for posting.

  9. Oh, my. I need to find this book!!! It looks not just fine. It looks exceptional.


  10. Love the voice in this book! Adorable! Thanks for sharing with us. 🙂

  11. This looks so FUN! reminds me of hunting for glasses (they’re on my head)… can’t wait to read it.

  12. Holy unicornicopia! This looks amazing! the premise, the art, the asides, the absurdity….I know this is a book I must own without even reading it!! Thanks for this, Tammi!!!

  13. “What a fabulous, likable..in fact, adorable main character!” (direct quote from my son, Steve)
    Can’t wait to read this one!

  14. I think A Horse Named Steve would be a fun book to read to my grandkids and listen to what they think about Steve and his issues.

  15. This looks hilarious. And Steve is adorable. I particularly like those two front teeth. 🙂

  16. The story and art are adorable!

  17. I love this column. Every week I get outstanding new books to look up. Wonderful.

  18. Such a darling book! And the explanations along the way are fun!

  19. Looks so fun and funny!

  20. I love horses! I used to have two! This looks like such a cool book! I love how Steve’s personality comes through in the illustrations!

  21. Love the humor. So fun! On my TBR list.

  22. Love it! Want to read this one!

  23. I am laughing just reading the review. Can’t wait to read A Horse Named Steve.

  24. That Steve is one cool guy who doesn’t horse around for nothing. The real deal! Thank you for this review.

  25. I love the little explanations. Looks great!

  26. This sounds like a funny book! Thanks for sharing!

  27. This books looks soooooo up my alley. Adding it to the list.

  28. Must. Find. This. Book. Thanks for the recommendation. =)

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    Patricia Nozell

    this looks hilarious and so, so clever.

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