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4.04  ·  Rating details ·  2,378 ratings  ·  150 reviews
Every child adores getting twirled and tossed by Mommy and Daddy. Again! Again, they squeal. That’s the rapturous joy Nicola Smee captures, in simple rhythmic text and charming pictures. One after the other, a group of barnyard friends climb aboard Mr. Horse for a ride. Faster, they beg…, faster! But will faster lead to disaster? No…--just a satisfying ending that toddle ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 28th 2006 by Boxer Books (first published 2006)
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Alex Sarll
A gaggle of different animals ride a horse together with no respect for species boundaries or traditional behaviours. Really, gay marriage and a female Doctor were always going to lead to this sort of thing - this is the future that liberals want, &c.
Very, very cute. I think it could work for both toddler and preschool. It's right on the line there. The illustrations are simple yet explanatory. (I think the animals are cute, too.) And the story is not complicated, but still keeps you in the flow and wondering what will happen. Some great possibilities with sounds and actions, too.

5/11/10 & 5/13/10 A perfect toddler book. We made animal noises with each new animal. And then we "rode" our horses as Mr. Horse got faster. I think I had a bit too
Phil Jensen
Jun 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Here's a cute story for really little ones. The reading level falls somewhere between Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and Elephant and Piggie. It doesn't quite have the charm of either, but it's still a good fun with farm animals.

Protip: If you don't bounce a child on your knee for the "Clippity clop" parts, then you're doing it wrong.
Really cute story with fun illustrations! The kids in storytime loved it.
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Cute book with noises I can get kids to say aloud while I’m reading.
Tracy Morton
Dec 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I liked that I could make fun noises. It's cute. ...more
I love using this for baby storytime because it allows for tons of bouncing, interactive fun! First Cat, then Dog, then Pig and finally Duck petition Mr. Horse for a ride. Faster and faster the friends all go before they fall off into a soft pile of hay (a perfect time for tossing a child on a bed at home!). Mr. Horse worriedly checks on the friends only to hear a mighty chorus of "Again!"

Very simple illustrations with tons of white space make this suitable for the very young (18 months easily,
Jan 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
I've said it in another review, but I have definitely been rating picture books much higher than I would have done before I was actually working with children. There are a also a lot of things that I appreciate now that I wouldn't have noticed before. In the case of Clip-Clop, I appreciate the: repetition, large text, and simple art. I've already read Jingle-Jingle, which is the Christmas/winter version of Clip-Clop, essentially, and it's pretty similar. "Cat and Dog and Pig and Duck" (which the ...more
Maggie KutsBorg
Amazing book. My library only has the board book which is quite tiny; our regular copy got junked up and discarded and I can't re-buy it in standard hardcover. But what a fun book! The kids adored it and I did too. (3-6-14)

Since my first review I actually bought the hardcover used from Amazon and donated it to my library, where it now lives in the J Office collection. I've read this book at least 6 times now, maybe 7 or 8, and in three different formats: the tiny board book, the full size hardco
Oct 04, 2012 rated it liked it
This book follows a group of barnyard friends as they embark on an exciting ride on Mr. Horse. Nicola Smee depicts a thorough sense of joy throughout the book as they beg “faster and faster” in clear, understandable rhythmic text and captivating pictures. Children aged 3-5 will love this book due to its stimulating feel and energetic rush. It encourages playful engagement and can develop the sounds of language to independently reading phrase by phrase. This is suitable for guided reading in the ...more
Jan 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Mr. Horse asks "Who wants a ride?" and he gets an enthusiastic response from Cat, Dog, Pig, and Duck. Soft, large illustrations and a gentle repetitive text makes this a perfect picture book for a preschool story time. Pair this with Mr. Gumpy's Outing by John Burningham. ...more
The typography is atrocious. 22mo loves the part where they all fall plip plop into a haystack. Sigh. It's short, anyway. ...more
Ruth Ann
Sep 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Perfect for an interactive storytime. :)
John Yelverton
Jun 11, 2018 rated it liked it
It is a silly little children's book, but most children will recognize both going to fast, falling down, and somehow wanting to do it again. ...more
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
A bunch of farm animals beg for a ride on Mr. Horse, first the cat, then the dog....You can imagine how cute the drawings are, with various animals enjoying a ride on Mr. Horse's back, until Mr. Horse starts going faster and faster and faster. Good thing there's a bunch of hay and a soft landing. Satisfyingly thick lines and gentle colors on white background, and large, easy to read print. The clear drawings, the progressive repetition building to a climax, and the rhythmic language --"clip-clop ...more
Edward Sojuwa
Apr 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Like Thidwick the Big Hearted Moose, only...better? Can it be? Mr Horse allows the Cat, the Dog, the Duck and the Pig for a ride around the farm, until Horse screeches to a halt and his heavy burden lands in a heap upon a haystack. Now it could've ended with the horse breathing relief and trotting off leaving his farm buddies laying there. But no! The farm buds jump up and eagerly shriek "Again! Again!" And this, I feel, is a better put message than Seuss, all due respect, ever put in Thidwick. ...more
Kendra Elizabeth
Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is geared towards toddlers to pre-k age students. It is a very interactive story with cute animals for children to follow along with and work on their motor skills. Very easy to read, yet opens an opportunity for a teacher to have an interactive experience or someone in charge of a family read-aloud. Children also learn about sound words and different animals. would recommend for any small child.
Westminster Library
A friendly horse and some friends go on a trot around the countryside. This book is great for little ones as they learn the give and take necessary for establishing positive social interactions with their peers.

Find Clip Clop at the Westminster Public Library!
The girls and I heard this story during baby story time at the library today and we all enjoyed it. F enjoyed being bounced on my lap as we said "Clip-clop". L likes any story that focuses on animals, and this one had bright, bold illustrations. She got a big kick out of the ending; there was a big smile on her face when all of the animals went flying. ...more
Jul 24, 2018 rated it liked it
I think this book would be better for a baby who is starting to understand language more. There are no sounds, and the concept, while simple, needs to be understood to be truly enjoyed. We'll pick it up again in 2019! ...more
Mister David
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very short and delightful adventure story. Great for very young children. Gives the reader the opportunity to use several different voices and encourage children to participate in the "Clippity-clop" refrains. ...more
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is such a fun book! All the farm animals want to ride on Mr. Horse. Then they want Mr. Horse to go faster. Then...oops! I love reading this to my granddaughter. It's a delightful book with lots of repetition. ...more
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids, storytime
Iggi's Storytime Criteria
Age group: Babies+
Content: farm animals, going for a ride, make your own fun, doing things for others
Plot: Horse takes the other farm animals on a ride with a big finish!
Wordiness: Repetitive in form right until the end.
Length: medium-short
Illustrations: Clear, cute; i love the Horse's teeth.
Other: Would be fun to combine with felt or stuffed animals for an exciting real-life crash
Kristin Nelson
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fun little story that the littles can relate to. It's a board book; even 1s and 2s would love to read it over and over. The text is simple enough that I can imagine little ones "reading" it to themselves. ...more
Feb 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Cute illustrations, and a simple but entertaining story. A fun rhythm-based book for my toddlers and lapsit crowd. We had lots of fun clapping along to the clip-clop rhythm of the horse. I used it for a storytime on rhythm, but I'd also pull it out for themes on farm animals or transportation. ...more
Donna Mork
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Cute story where animals have a scary ride, but want to go again. Also important: saying please and thank you is incorporated into the story.
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Super cute.
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Gave each kid 2 blocks to make clip clop noises. Big hit.
Nov 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-to-tristan
***Read to my son***
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As a picture book, this was just a lot of fun! I can certainly see the appeal to young readers. It is silly, with some little rhymes. Fun and simple illustrations.
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