Super Sporty 1: Horses Might Fly by Ellie Firestone
Horses Might Fly by Ellie Firestone is the first book in the Super Sporty series. The books follow Sporty and her best equine friend, Harley, two equines that play professional basketball for their town’s team, the Shorthorns. They’re also superheroes.
Right before their big game, two new players are added to the team, and the best player on their team is kicked off. Sporty and Harley decide to investigate, and learn that their teammate has been kidnapped by evil aliens. They have to rescue her before its too late.
In spite of the fact that I’m almost 25, I was pretty excited to read this book. It’s exactly the kind of thing I would have read when I was nine or ten and just starting my horse-crazy phase (still haven’t outgrown it), and the fantastical elements reminded me of My Little Pony. The story is easy to follow even with the superhero twist going on, but I would have liked a little backstory. How did Sporty and Harley become superheros? Tell me about Horsecitty, where they live. I just felt there was a whole layer of little details missing that might have made the story a bit more complex. Then again, this is for beginner readers and I doubt they’d notice. But the missing superhero backstory seems like a bit of an oversight.
The story had a couple twists that would entertain kids, but I did notice that Sporty and Harley had every single power they’d need to get out of their situation. Once again, something a young reader probably wouldn’t notice but something I don’t like as an older reader.
The story is short, simple to understand with a simple writing style and vocabulary, and has a bunch of cute illustrations to help break up chapters and help readers visualize the scenes as they’re happening. The story also teaches the value of teamwork, which is an important lesson for all children to learn. This book is listed for ages 5-11 and seems to be written well to that target audience, so that’s how I’m rating the entertainment value.
My Rating: 3.3/5
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