The Night Horses by Anaka Jones is an action picture rendition of horses busy attending to the daily process of life. Each page has a moving scene showing a horse engaged in a life-like activity.
Jones begins by depicting a young horse eating a morning meal with a scared mouse busily looking on. The next scene shows the horses around the hay feeder engaging in conversation. Another early picture shows May racing a younger horse named Cloud to the top of a local hill.
The action quickly moves to Flower and Lola discussing that they each will have a baby in the Spring season. Jones shows the horses showering after a long day and filing in for dinner at their respective stalls each night. Suddenly, the horses are seen playing with their disco ball and gathering around the table to play evening cards. At times, the horses play a make believe spa where they do each others’ manes and hooves.
The author depicts Cloud telling funny jokes which make the assembly of other horses laugh uncontrollably. Each horse has a midnight snack followed by participation in a lively party. Soon enough, the party ends, and the horses retire to sleep for the night.
The Night Horses is a wonderful book for children and young adults. The stories are interesting and the action pictures engage the audience significantly in the story at every step of the way from early morning to retiring early to bed.
The artist’s rendition of the horses is drawn with great attention to musculature and other defining details. Each picture is absolutely clear against a backdrop of black and white, as well as color renditions.
This book is a wonderful acquisition for students, animal lovers, artists and anyone interested in capturing the anatomy and daily activities of horses.