Noni the Pony

Illustrated by Alison Lester
(Part of Noni the Pony)
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About The Book

Meet Noni, a pony who’s as zippy and fun as she is thoughtful and kind.

Introducing Noni, the friendliest, funniest, and friskiest pony you’ll ever meet! When she’s not racing and chasing with her best pals Dave Dog and Coco the Cat, she’s busy making sure they feel cozy and loved. Because Noni isn’t just heaps of fun—she’s a great friend, too.
     With its jaunty rhyme and bright, bold illustrations, this delightful picture book is sure to capture the imaginations and hearts of readers of all ages.

About The Author
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Alison Lester has written and illustrated numerous children’s books. She has won many awards in her native Australia, including the Children’s Book Council of Australia Picture Book Award. Over her twenty-one-year career she has produced such Australian classics as the Clive Eats Alligators series, Magic BeachImagine, and My Farm, and recently she has also started writing novels, including The Quicksand Pony and the Bonnie and Sam series. In 2011, she was named the Australian Children’s Laureate.

About The Illustrator
Photograph courtesy of the author

Alison Lester has written and illustrated numerous children’s books. She has won many awards in her native Australia, including the Children’s Book Council of Australia Picture Book Award. Over her twenty-one-year career she has produced such Australian classics as the Clive Eats Alligators series, Magic BeachImagine, and My Farm, and recently she has also started writing novels, including The Quicksand Pony and the Bonnie and Sam series. In 2011, she was named the Australian Children’s Laureate.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Beach Lane Books (October 2012)
  • Length: 32 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781442459595
  • Grades: P - K
  • Ages: 2 - 5

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Raves and Reviews

“Noni, friendly and funny, is the perfect pony for preschoolers. Like Noni herself, the light rhyme, bustling with rhythm and easy to read, is friendly and funny…. Each couplet is accompanied by Lester’s droll illustrations…. The gentle ending, with pony and friends cuddled up for bed, slows the trotting long enough— just the way a book for toddlers should end. Night-night, Noni.”

– Kirkus Reviews, August 2012

“Rhyming books that are well done are music to the ear, and this one is just that…. Lester’s illustrations are charmingly done in black outline with pencil, watercolor, and collage interiors. Simple and bold, with uncluttered backgrounds, they will attract the youngest readers, and the soothing ending will satisfy them.”

– School Library Journal, October 2012

* “It’s the most adorable title to come down the pike in a long time—and it delivers on every page…. Fans of Lester (Running with the Horses) know that she’s an expert horse portraitist, but she opts for a radically streamlined approach in this outing, rendering Noni and her friends as…simple, toylike shapes with just enough details to reveal a cheerful, openhearted character: eager round eyes, a sweet little smile, and—in Noni’s case—a wavy mane and tail. There’s not a whisper of dramatic tension or narrative arc, but no matter: it’s a safe bet that readers will follow her anywhere.”

– Publishers Weekly, September 24, 2012, *STAR

“The graphic art, with its soft, round shapes and soothing, textured background colors, will appeal to small children, as will the cheery couplets. Not only does this one have potential for storytimes about friendship but it’s also suited for bedtime reading (it ends with Noni, Dave, and Coco all snuggled as one) and for sharing with the legions of kids who love, love, love horses.”

– Booklist, October 15, 2012

"In [Alison Lester’s]…“Noni the Pony,” an unabashedly sweet and simple tale about a happy pony, her affection and easy familiarity with these four-legged favorites shine through… the target audience will appreciate its simple cadences, which allow them to predict the rhyming words and to participate in the pleasures of the story.… Lester’s cheerful illustrations nicely match the text, yet offer welcome surprises. There’s something amusing about Noni’s oversimplified movements, from her squirrel-like leap on the cover to her curled-up-like-a-kitty finale.”

– The New York Times, February 13, 2013

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