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Children's Fiction Humorous

Steve, A Pretty Exceptional Horse

illustrated by Kelly Collier

Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2024
Humorous, Horses, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2024
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 6 to 9
  • Grade: 1 to 4
  • Reading age: 6 to 9


The first installment in a hilarious early graphic novel series, based on Kelly Collier's popular picture book introducing the one and only (just ask him!) Steve the Horse.

Steve the Horse wants to be exceptional ... you know, like a peacock! His friend Bob tries to reassure him that he's special, but Bob can't seem to think of anything exceptional about him. Steve is discouraged ... That is, until he finds a shiny gold horn in the forest. Obviously, somebody left this exceptional horn for him to find! He ties it to his head and prances off to show his friends. Who's exceptional now? Steve, that's who! Only, as Steve's friends make clear, dressing up and showing off are not the answer.

Adapted from Kelly Collier's much-loved picture book A Horse Named Steve, this early graphic novel will delight slightly older readers with its silly, laugh-out-loud story about self-esteem and what really makes someone special.

About the author

Kelly Collier has been drawing since she was little, and studied illustration in college. She is the author-illustrator of A Horse Named Steve, Team Steve and The Imposter, and the illustrator of Sloth and Squirrel in a Pickle and the Izzy series. She has an identical twin sister and an older brother. The idea for Steve the Horse came from a doodle she did to fill a small empty frame at home. Kelly lives in Toronto, Ontario, with her husband and daughter.

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