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Brave Horace
Keller, Holly.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Greenwillow Books, [1998]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 21 x 26 cm
In the days before his friend George's monster movie party, Horace prepares for the frightening events he expects will occur.
Reading Level:
AD 350 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC K-2 2.5 2 Quiz: 29052 Guided reading level: K.

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Horace has been invited to a monster-movie party. And he can't tell anyone how much the thought scares him. He pretends to be brave, but it doesn't work-until the day of the party when his friend Fred is even more frightened than he. And then Horace knows just what to do. Holly Keller's lovable leopard who first appeared in Horace returns in this reassuring (and rib-tickling!) picture book for young readers.

Author Notes

Holly Keller is the author-illustrator of more than thirty-five books for young children including the Horace books, Farfallina and Marcel, Help!, and Grandfather's Dream. She has also illustrated over twenty nonfiction titles written by others including the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science Books series. She won the 2003 Charlotte Zolotow Award.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 4^-6. Horace, the little leopard introduced in Keller's Horace (1991), is so undone by an invitation to his friend George's monster-movie party that he goes around for days trying to shore up his courage. Wearing either his fangs, his dinosaur costume, or his space invader helmet, he repeatedly declares, "And I won't be scared." At the party, Horace is relieved that George's mother has nixed the scary movie, but when George's big brother turns out the lights and dares the guests to touch the "monster brains and livers," Horace dares to try. The party ends with the brains revealed as Jell-O and George admired for his courage and satisfied that he really wasn't scared (much). The clean lines, vibrant colors, and uncluttered pages make this visually appealing and particularly strong in its ability to show feelings with economy and sympathy. This sensitive and entertaining picture book is just right for young children, who often need courage to overcome their own imaginations. --Carolyn Phelan

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2‘A common theme with a refreshing new presentation. The young leopard first introduced in Horace (Greenwillow, 1991) is invited to a monster-movie party and, although he says he won't be scared, he really isn't sure. When the lights go out during the party and Horace realizes his friend Fred is even more frightened than he, the young leopard discovers that he really is brave. Vivid watercolor and black-pen illustrations offer humor and warmth. A layout that features full-page pictures; smaller, bordered illustrations; and spreads in which the characters are placed against white space makes for very active visuals. Horace is an engaging character who lives with adopted tiger parents, has a zebra teacher, and goes to school with a variety of animal classmates. This spirited story makes a good read-aloud and children with some reading experience will enjoy perusing it themselves. It's a boon for timid youngsters.‘Jody McCoy, Lakehill Preparatory School, Dallas, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.