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Are You A Horse?

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  643 ratings  ·  134 reviews
For young cowboys and little scientists, an ARE YOU MY MOTHER? for the 21st century!

For his birthday, Roy's freinds give him a saddle and some very specific instructions:
1. Find a horse.
2. Enjoy the ride!

But there's a problem; Roy doesn't know what a horse IS! So he sets off to find out with hilarious results: A snake tells him to look for a creature with legs. A crab has
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 1st 2009 by Arthur A. Levine Books
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Susan Foster
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a cute and clever book! I literally laughed out loud at the end!

Don't miss the funny details in the illustrations!
So funny! My favorite part is the expressions on his friends' faces at the end. ...more
Sep 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Andy Rash’s, Are You A Horse? is a humorous picture book that is recommended for a read aloud. The main character is a boy named Roy who receives a saddle for his birthday and being as he is a cowboy we can assume that he knows what to do with it, but instead the funny story has us discovering that Roy doesn’t know what a saddle is, what to do with it and where to find a horse. He then goes on a journey to look for a horse. The story is a lively adventure full of guesses that will have the stud ...more
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a laugh-out-loud-funny book with wonderful illustrations and text that builds on itself. There is also a very funny twist at the end. One of Roy's birthday gifts is a saddle which comes with two instructions: 1) Find a horse and 2) enjoy the ride. Roy sets out to find a horse. He questions everyone/thing he encounters and each time learns a new fact about a horse (this could be used as a humorous introduction to the scientific method...). For instance, he comes upon a snake asking are yo ...more
Ruth Ann
Roy is a cowboy (adult!) without a horse, who receives a saddle for his birthday. He doesn't even know what a horse is!!
He goes off on a quest to find a horse and encounters a wagon, a cactus, a snake, a crab, a chameleon, an owl, a pig, a sloth, a man-eating lion and a zebra - asking each creature "Are you a horse?" Each responds with a difference between itself and a horse or a reason it couldn't be a horse which gives Roy clues to help him find a horse.
When he finds the man-eating lion, we m
Aug 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Part of me likes this book, part of me doesn’t. Roy gets a saddle for his birthday, but has no idea what a horse looks like. So he asks a wagon, and a cactus, and an owl. He asks animal after animal until he discovers a horse. The story is cute and the ending tongue in cheek. However, part of me doesn’t like this story because it could be seen as someone who can not learn, or maybe remember. It was an okay story, but I will not be adding it to my collection.
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Storytime Theme: Horses

This was a great one that really built on what you read (view spoiler). It was fun to ask the kids "is that a horse?" for each animal and after a couple they would start saying "that's not a horse, that's a _____" which was fun to test their animal knowledge and keep them engaged in the story.
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
A cowboy gets a saddle for his birthday but he doesn't know what it's for. His friends tell him he has to find a horse and then they can use the saddle to go for a ride. The only problem is: the cowboy doesn't know what a horse is! So, the cowboy goes around asking all sorts of things if they are a horse. When he eventually finds one, they go for a ride with the saddle on the cowboy instead of the horse!

Funny for preschool storytimes.
Miranda Middleton
Jan 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-lit
I liked this book because Roy the cowboy explores many different animals to find a Horse. As he meets different animals, (mostly safari) he learns what each kind of animal is and something unique about the animal.
The ending page has a cute unexpected ending, It made me give a little chuckle :)

I would use this book for a unit:
-Learning about different animals
Feb 04, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars -- LOL! This colorful, silly book is a lot of fun--and will no doubt elicit plenty of giggles if read out loud to a classroom or library group. But it's the final page that really makes this one great and memorable. ...more
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: predicting
This poor cowboy isn't sure what a horse is... he keeps narrowing it down by asking questions. It's fun to predict what he's going to guess next! A good one for introducing the concept of classifying. ...more
Krissy Neddo
May 24, 2019 rated it liked it
I liked it. Kinders laughed when I hammed it up as a read aloud. We finished up with a round of Google's Mystery Animal: A Voice Experiment. Book prepped them nicely to formulate yes/no questions to ask Google. ...more
Lynn  Davidson
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Roy was a cowboy who, when given a saddle for his birthday, set out to find out what a horse is. He asked different things and animals along the way ... are you a horse? Funny story with great illustrations and a very funny ending.
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: edlt-501
This an adorable book about a boy looking for a horse. Children will think it is hilarious. I would recommend this for grades Kinder through 2nd grade.
Robin Rockman
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
Stick with it to the end.
Mrs. Scott
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
So silly that it works.
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Tracy Holland
Jan 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Roy's friends buy him a saddle for his birthday, except this cowboy doesn't know what a horse is or how to use the saddle. So begins his quest to find a horse.
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The ending is all worth it.
Tracy Morton
Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I love all of the animals in this book and how there is some true information about the animals.
Rachael Hubbard
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-books
Very cute story. My kid goes around the house asking everyone if they're a horse 😂 ...more
Stephanie Croaning
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books, 2019
I was warned there was a surprise ending, and I still never saw it coming!! A very fun picture book that will have children laughing out loud.
Hilarious! A great read aloud for an animal ST. In eht vein of Are You My Mother?
Renee MA
Apr 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture, ideas
Using information gathered from others, the cowboy figures out what a horse is. This book would be good when talking about animal characteristics or sorting by attributes.
Kaylynn Johnsen
May 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kid
Deductive reasoning helps Roy find a horse so he can use his new saddle; in a whole new way.
Jul 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Horses / Animals
Marcia Van Camp
Funny and cute
Joy Keil
Nov 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: clara
My 4 year old thought this was pretty funny.
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A poor, little cowboy goes in search of a horse so that he can use his new saddle. Well, he finds one...he just doesn't use the saddle the proper way. Ha! ...more
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