Horse in Boots
Querido, April 2015
Horse in Boots is Jef Aerts’ third powerful children’s novel in a row. Aerts excels in packaging adventure and excitement into poetic language full of subtle metaphors. The moving friendship between a girl, a horse and an elderly woman is rendered in a succinct but richly evocative style. In his clear, figurative language, Jef Aerts convincingly depicts the way love and hate can lie close to one another, and not everything is what it seems.
Fieke has struck up a deep friendship with old Olga and her horse Lasse. Lasse is an old circus horse who once burnt his hooves in a terrible accident, so he has to walk in leather boots to spare his tender feet. Olga makes Fieke promise to take care of Lasse if she dies. When that actually happens, it turns out to be more difficult than expected to keep a horse in a terraced house. Fieke goes in search of another solution, but she finds that she has competition. Lasse’s former owner, Baruso the clown, wants him back whatever the cost. With the help of her new friend Vos, Fieke tries to hide Lasse. She is determined to keep her final promise to Olga.
A heartwarming tale of unconditional friendship and loyalty
Nomination Kinder- en Jeugdjury 2017
Rights sold to Serbia (Kreativni Centar) and Hongary (Mora).
'A little pearl, again' **** - De Standaard
'A beautiful adventure that reminds you of Astrid Lindgren' **** - NRC Handelsblad
'A magnificent story' - Gezinskrant De Bond
'A dream of a book. Funny, exiting and beautiful, because the writing is magnificent.' **** - Kidsweek
Illustrations by Judith Vanistendael.