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Pony on the Twelfth Floor

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  39 ratings  ·  21 reviews
A hilarious and charming story of a girl, a high rise, and one very inappropriate pet, from the author of the Mango & Bambang series.

Kizzy thought she had dreamed of every possible way she might get a pony. She'd never expected to pick one up from the supermarket. But wherever the plump pony munching on flapjacks in the bakery aisle has come from, Kizzy knows he's everythi
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Published July 2018
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Schizanthus Nerd
Kizzy has wanted a horse for eleven years but she lives in the city and there are no horses there. Until the day she finds a pony in the supermarket happily gobbling up all of the donuts, that is. This is the opportunity Kizzy has been dreaming of.

She names the pony Donut and sets out to take care of her new equine friend. The only problem is that Kizzy lives on the twelfth floor of an apartment building and there’s no way her mother would let her keep him if she knew. Enlisting the help of her
Jul 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Kizzy, a complete crazy-about-ponies girl, finds one lost at the supermarket and has to find out how to keep him unnoticed in her family's 12th floor apartment.

The story is cute and fun, and the illustrations very nice, but there are a couple of things that I didn't like. First, I found the story too long, but that is not that transcendent.
Second, and more important, although we all love Donut and were cheering for Kizzy to be able to keep him it is a fact that she did a lot of lying, hiding, r
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Feb 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Kizzy has always dreamed of having a pony. What is she to do, then, when she finds a real, live pony wandering the aisles of her grocery store? Well, she must take it home, of course, to her apartment on the twelfth floor.

I loved this charming story of a girl and her horse, as she manages to sneak the pony up the elevator, into her bedroom, up on a balcony, into a garden at school, on a's completely fun, a dream come true for all those who long for a pony of their own.
Daisy May Johnson
There's a lot to love about what Polly Faber does and I, for one, hope she continues to do it. I had, and continue to have, so much time for her work on the Mango and Bambang series ( which I review here), and Pony on the Twelfth Floor is an utter, rich delight. Faber is very quietly producing a canon of classy, rich and rather delicious children's stories and they all have that classic edge of timelessness about them. They're rather like a slice of cake that gives you everything you need, and a ...more
Clare O'Beara
This is a good fun story, drawing on Gunnell Linde's A Pony In The Luggage. Similarly our London heroine is unexpectedly in possession of a pony and has to hide it from the adults around her in case they'll say she shouldn't have it. The pony is quickly named Flapjack because that's what he had been eating in the supermarket when he was discovered. And how exactly do you keep a pony a secret in the twelfth floor flat?

I like a lot about this tale, from the Polish family who help to the cheerful
Jun 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pony on the Twelfth Floor by [Polly Faber, Sarah Jennings]What would you do if you wanted a pony so much? Then you found one at the supermarket? This was Kizzy. She found the pony in the donut section and knew they needed to be together. How would she keep it a secret in her apartment, though? With the help of her best friend, Pawel, she was able to feed, ride and hide him. What will she do as the pony becomes harder to keep.

This is such a good story about dreams, having them and following them
Alla Lily
Dec 08, 2021 rated it liked it
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It was fun to follow Kizzy's ideas to see where she would hide a pony. Also, I liked the illustration as an addition to the story. However, I didn't particularly appreciate that Kizzy took something that didn't belong to her with no intention to give it back. Pawel, her friend, was her only voice of reason, which she ignored.

And how can you hide a pony? First, you need to tell some lies, and second, keep it a secret from your family. Kizzy is a girl with an attitude and gets what she wants no m
J.L. Slipak
A hilarious and charming story of a girl, a high rise, and one very inappropriate pet, from the author of the Mango & Bambang series.

Kizzy thought she had dreamed of every possible way she might get a pony. She’d never expected to pick one up from the supermarket. But wherever the plump pony munching on flapjacks in the bakery aisle has come from, Kizzy knows he’s everything she’s ever wished for: a loyal companion and her ticket to showjumping gold at Olympia. There’s just one small problem: ho
Matt Sweeney
Jun 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Originally published at Woodpecker Books. Read the full review!

Kizzy never expected to adopt her first pony from a supermarket. But she found one there anyways. And in the donut aisle, nonetheless. Unfortunately, ponies don’t belong in the twelfth-floor of apartment buildings. That doesn’t stop her from trying anyways. She and her friend Pawel do everything they can to keep her pony, Donut, safe from prying eyes and suspicious adults. They feed him. Care for him. Hide him. And even try to find h
Jun 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kizzy is a girl who would love to have a pony of her own. She has pony pictures in her room, she thinks of ponies all the time, but she never expects to discover a pony snacking on donuts in her grocery store! She seizes the day and claims the pony as hers, rather than have the store owner call the authorities. Now, after sneaking her new pet - now named Donut - into her 12th-floor apartment, she has to figure out how to keep Donut a secret from the super and figure out how to gently break the n ...more
Thanks to Candlewick Press for this advanced copy, out a month ago!
With occasional fun illustrations by Sarah Jennings, Polly Faber tells this story of a young girl who lives in an apartment house whose bedroom is filled with horse memorabilia. Kezia Arnott, known as Kizzy, and her friend Pawel have stopped by the grocery after school for a few things. Kizzy gets more than planned because a pony is over munching on donuts! She's always wanted a pony and here one is! Pawel accompanied her outsid
joyce w. laudon
Apr 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book will be a fairy tale come true for its intended audience.  Many kids go through a "horse crazy" phase.  That has clearly been the experience of Kezzy in this chapter book with illustrations.  Imagine her amazement and delight when she sees a horse eating donuts in the grocery store...and even better, there is no owner in sight.  So, you can guess what Kezzy does.

Young chapter book readers who are fond of ponies will very much enjoy seeing what happens next.  They will most likely be tu
Camilla Chester
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Such a brilliant idea for a book. I almost felt like this had been written for me as a grown-up kid. All I ever wanted when I was a girl was a pony and if I had wondered into a supermarket and found one munching on the bread rolls I definitely would've taken it home, even if I did live in a tower block on the twelfth floor.
Funny, sweet and amazingly almost believable!
Pip Snort
Dec 29, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: library
This was a cute and fun story. I was just like Kizzy as a child and would still like a pony, but even now my mum won't let me and I'm 43. ...more
Ms. Yingling
Mar 15, 2020 rated it liked it
E ARC provided by Netgalley

Great wish fulfillment for grades 1-5, but seemed a bit young for my middle school students.
Nov 29, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: a-owns, arc, animals, kids
Note: I received an ARC of this book at ALA Midwinter 2020.
Jul 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is really good I recommend it to all horse lovers
Oct 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
Surprisingly good!
This book will be great for a class visit of school kids. Lot of references to poo.
Mar 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
A hilarious book a girl and a pony. I dreamed of having a pony as well but I've learned that it's maybe a little too hard to keep a pony in my house. The woman from the farm gets rid of her pony because it ate the contents of her fridge (which I thought was hilarious). Kizzy is the main character and she tries to keep this pony. It gets harder and harder. For example, she has to keep picking up the pony's poop and put it in her backpack which I could never do! She also has to find a way make Don ...more
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Polly Faber is a children’s-book blogger and volunteer reading helper through the charity Beanstalk. With her family, she looks after her very own tiny free library outside their house in North London.

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