Newbery Review: 1927

A mini review of the 1927 Newbery book, Smoky the Cowhorse. | A book review by

I’m picking back up with my Newbery reviews by year, starting with 1927. Again, there was only one Newbery book for this year.

Medal Winner: Smokey, the Cowhorse; Will James

Smoky knows only one way of life: freedom. Living on the open range, he is free to go where he wants and to do what he wants. And he knows what he has to do to survive. He can beat any enemy, whether it be a rattlesnake or a hungry wolf. He is as much a part of the Wild West as it is of him, and Smoky can’t imagine anything else.

But then he comes across a new enemy, one that walks on two legs and makes funny sounds. Smoky can’t beat this enemy the way he has all the others. But does he really want to? Or could giving up some of his freedom mean getting something in return that’s even more valuable? (Summary via

When I first read this book, I wrote myself a note about it, which said, “A little slow, but usually pretty interesting.” I remember practically nothing about this book, which probably has something to do with my usual disdain for animal stories. My recommendation is, if you enjoy books about horses, you’ll probably enjoy this one. If not, you’ll probably forget everything about it as soon as you put it down, just like I did.

Rating: Meh

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