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Blaze and Thunderbolt (Billy & Blaze)

4.24  ·  Rating Details  ·  198 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
Billy and his loyal pony Blaze head west together in another exciting adventure from C. W. Anderson. When their new friend Jim is unable to tame the wild horse Thunderbolt, Billy and Blaze want to help. Fast and elusive, Thunderbolt is not easy to befriend. But with their kind and gentle approach, Billy and Blaze may succeed where the other cowboys have failed. C. W. Ander ...more
Paperback, 48 pages
Published March 31st 1993 by Aladdin (first published 1969)
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Dec 28, 2015 Karen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jacob, ellie, mom
Ellie received this book for Christmas..krb 12/28/15
Dec 24, 2010 Paige rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Young horse-lovers
Recommended to Paige by: My grandmother
What amazed me about this book the most was the illustrations, absolutely astonishing. C.W. Anderson really does have a talent.
Jun 30, 2011 Cindi rated it really liked it

This is a cute story that echoes the dreams little boys once had to be cowboys riding the open range. Billy listens to Jim with respect and treats his horse, and Thunderbolt, with care. It is a story that will remind adult readers of a simpler time.

All text is on the left side of the book, while all illustrations are on the right. Each page of story is accompanied by greatly detailed black and white drawings. From the folds in the jeans of the cowboy to the rippling muscles of the running horse,
Melanie Rightmyer
Sep 13, 2015 Melanie Rightmyer rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
We love all of the Billy and Blaze books. The stories are charming and the illustrations are wonderful. This book is longer than most of the books but is still a great bedtime read.
May 20, 2015 Jodi rated it it was amazing
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Jun 10, 2015 Gemma rated it really liked it
Illustrations bumped this from 3 to 4 stars.
Sep 16, 2014 Bettina rated it really liked it
Beautiful drawings. Simple, sweet story.
Mari Jo
For kids who dream about horses, C.W. Anderson's wonderful illustrations and text make the reader a part of Billy and his loyal horse Blaze's adventures. He wrote many books in this series so the reader looks forward to the next location and event: quarries, caves, and even a forest fire. Memories of a simpler time and place make the reader reminisce, especially adults reading this again to children.
Dec 09, 2011 Irishgirl1247 rated it it was amazing
LOVE C.W. Anderson's illustrations! (side note: realized upon rereading, love how Billy family goes on vacation out west and Billy is not only allowed to take his pony, but to go advendturing all day by himself and befriend wild mustangs)
Horace Mann Family Reading Challenge
Billy and Blaze head west and Billy finds himself owning 2 horses instead of one. The best horse in the country is now Billy's horse
Jul 20, 2009 Wendy rated it it was amazing
Slightly stodgy writing? Who cares! The illustrations are so, so lovely. A must for any young horse lover.
Kasonde Chewe
Nov 22, 2013 Kasonde Chewe rated it it was amazing
Incredible art work by Anderson.. though he's dead, i look up to his talent..
Sarah May
Sep 11, 2012 Sarah May rated it really liked it
Jan 28, 2008 Dimps rated it really liked it
The first series I ever read! I love these books most of all!
Jun 03, 2014 Jossalyn rated it liked it
read with my kids when small for bedtime story
Don Gubler
Oct 28, 2012 Don Gubler rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
Makes me want to have a horse.
Book 5 in the series
Aug 09, 2012 Joni rated it really liked it
Another enjoyable Blaze book.
Johannes Kristian
Apr 14, 2009 Johannes Kristian rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-100, 2009
I liked it.
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C.W. Anderson - aka Clarence William Anderson
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Clarence William Anderson (1891 - 1971) born in Wahoo, Nebraska. He was an author and illustrator of childrens books. Known professionally as C.W. Anderson, Anderson had an interest in horses and drawing. When he wasn't out riding horses, he was drawing them, taking great interest in their bone stru
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Other Books in the Series

Billy & Blaze (8 books)
  • Billy And Blaze: A Boy And His Pony
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