'Hold the mare for me, lad. And when I come back I'll give you a golden guinea'.
It's more money than the street urchin has ever dreamt of.
But who is the rider, and why is there so much interest in his big black horse? And will the boy ever see the money he has been promised?
There's highway robbery in the air, but it isn't always entirely clear just who is trying to rob who ...Stunningly illustrated and fast-paced, this story for younger readers brings to life the legend of the most famous highwayman of them - and his amazing horse.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 128 pages, Black and White throughout
- Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK
- Publication Date: 07/07/2011
- Category: Animal stories
- ISBN: 9781862305151
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Review by rwilliamson
Narrated by a poor young waif who seems to be holding the horse of the famous highwayman, DickTurpin, a Robin Hood type hero. The narrator poor and cold is approached by scalawags who try to swindle him out of the horse, Black Bess. An army captain in pursuit of Durpin recognizes Black Bess and demands that the narrator assist in the capture of his hero. The narrator who “may be poor but is not a thief” struggles with his conscious throughout the book as different characters make different demands. This is a short book (118 pages). The sympathetic narrator, writing style, Dickensian illustrations, and moral dilemma make it an excellent candidate for a read aloud. The delightful twist at the end is a perfect segue into a discussion of character traits and reliable/unreliable narrators.