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A Leg at Each Corner

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An unflinching student of pony psychology, Norman Thelwell's hilarious pony cartoons draw on a uniquely British source of humor. This welcome reissue of a classic book of comic equestrian drawings gives a timely reminder of the late master's peculiar talent.

Norman Thelwell's books include Pony Panorama, Pony Cavalcade, Top Dog and Magnificat.

Hardcover, 130 pages
Published May 1st 2005 by Methuen Publishing Ltd (first published 1962)
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I've read this numerous times & it still makes me chuckle all the way through. It's a book about kids & their hunter/jumper ponies. Each page is a cartoon, usually just one frame, that is absolutely perfect. I grew up & raised my 3 kids with ponies like this, so it really speaks to me. It would probably be a great way for authors to learn a bit more about horse life, too.
I have owned this book since childhood. Timeless and still has me ROFL !!!
Thelwell was so associated with equestrian cartoons that a Punch cartoon shows a disheveled child returning to the stable, with the caption: "...And to make things worse, Mr Thelwell was sitting right in the front row."

The stout, dappled ponies, often depicted in mid-buck, forelocks obscuring the eyes...far from inimitable (indeed, often imitated), and the often brilliant captions make Thelwell a fun read at any time.

I think I acquired both my Thelwell books used--at least, there's no dust cover...more
I have loved Thellwell's pony cartoons since I got this book for Christmas when I was 8 or 9. Years later they still make me smile.
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I LOVED this book - it was a hoot when I was a 13 year old, and it's still a hoot today.
Martyn Mccarthy
If you want a laugh to cheer you up, here it is. Brilliant!
Loved these cartoons.
It really is a shame that nobody knows much about Thelwell anymore. We own almost all of his books, but his horseback riding books especially just ooze charm and hilarity. The drawings manage to be cute, sarcastic, droll, and ironic all at the same time.
If you were ever a kid, and if you ever had a pony (or a horse for that matter) this book and subsequent ones, will send you off the chair and rolling on the floor laughing! And the illustrations.....priceless.
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Norman Thelwell was an English cartoonist well-known for his humorous illustrations of ponies and horses. A promising young student from Liverpool College of Art, he soon became a contributor to the satirical magazine Punch in the 1950s, and earned many lasting devotees by illustrating Chicko in the British boys' comic Eagle.

Known to many only as Thelwell, he found his true comic niche with Pony C...more
More about Norman Thelwell...
Riding Academy Angels on Horseback Thelwell Country Thelwell's Pony Cavalcade: Angels on Horseback, A Leg at Each Corner and Thelwell's Riding Academy Thelwell's Pony Panorama: Thelwell's Gymkhana, Thelwell Goes West and Thelwell's Penelope

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