Charlie the Horse

Middle Grade, Humor, Children's Books

By Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Publisher : Avid Readers Publishing Group

Charlie the Horse

ABOUT Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
Deanie is a children's book author with 4 books published: Tails of Sweetbrier, winner of the silver medal in the Feathered Quill Book Awards,Charlie the Horse, Charlene the Star and Charlene the Star and Hattie's Heroes. Tails of Sweetbrier has also just been selected as a finalist in the More...


Charlie dreamed of becoming a famous racehorse like his dad, Charles the Great. Will he have the talent to succeed when he leaves for training at Sweetbrier Racing Stable? What will he do if he's tired and doesn't feel like running? What will Charlie decide to do when he faces challenges on the race track? You'll find the answers to these questions and Charlie will entertain you with his amusing thoughts. You'll be inspired and entertained by his adventures.

Charlie the Horse wants to be a famous racehorse like his dad, Charles the Great. But what happens when Charlie would rather munch on the tulips growing on the side of the racetrack instead of working? Charlie turns to a famous friend for advice.

Charlie the Horse is a very sweet story that would appeal to young  The dialog between the horses is simply delightful. Readers will also learn a thing or two about horse terminology, as author Deanie Humphrey provides definitions for some words that might be unfamiliar. As a added bonus, parents will approve of the inherent message to always work hard and not become overconfident. Charles the Horse is a quick read that kids in the second through fifth grades would really enjoy. (from reviw by author, Sherry Ellis

Children will enjoy this delightful story about Charlie who is born from a long line of championship race horses. Charlie is a handsome horse with black hair and a crooked white blaze on his face. He wants very much to be a champion like his father and grandfather. He gets advice along the way from General Quick, an old retired racehorse. Charlie learns that it is not as easy as he thought to be a champion racehorse and that it takes a lot of hard work and dedication to succeed. He has friends Buddy and Glory who also are learning how to race. They help each other by encouraging and supporting one another during their training and practice races. Charlie has an engaging personality that will capture the hearts of children of all ages. The readers will find themselves cheering Charlie on in each of his races with enthusiasm.

This sweet story will help children understand that it is important to respect and encourage one other to succeed at whatever one chooses to do in life. Children will learn that persistence and discipline will earn them great rewards. A worthwhile and enjoyable read for children. I give this book five stars.(from review by author, Janice Spina)

The story is lovely, the information fascinating, and the values imparted are relevant to readers, young and old. Charlie is a champion racer, but he is also a champion of fundamental values such as work ethic, commitment to task, persistence and tenacity, and integrity and self-respect that are manifested in the effort to excel and be the best one can be. Another set of values that are thematic in the book is evident in the respect, appreciation, and gratitude exhibited by Charlie, who seeks the wisdom and prizes the mentorship of the retired racehorse General Quick. Another winner from Deanie Humphrys-Dunne! From review by Author/publisher Sarah Mazor

Where did Charlie become one of the best racehorses, and what was different about Woodmont Stakes day? Did Charlie ever become a champion, and when did he return home to visit his mother, his new baby sister, and his friends? How many races did Charlie compete in with Buddy? I highly recommend this fascinating book to children, parents, and teachers. The story is educational as Deanie Humphrys-Dunne points to the importance of discipline, confidence, and persistence. The main character Charlie is adorable, talented, and amusing. The author encourages children to work hard at reaching their goals, overcome their fears, and believe in themselves. Did Charlie become another Charles The Great, and did he follow his passion to reach his dream? "CHARLIE THE HORSE" is as entertaining as Little House On The Prairie, and as inspiring as "BLACK BEAUTY." From review by Author/reviewer Geri Ahearn