Calling all pony fans!
This journal and activity book is bursting with pony-fuelled fun. Whether you’re preparing for your first lesson or out collecting rosettes every weekend, this book has everything you need.
✓ set your riding goals and track your progress
✓ record your best riding moments
✓ tackle the horsey games and puzzles
✓ test your equestrian knowledge
✓ giggle at the funniest horse jokes
✓ try the fun pony-themed arts and crafts
✓ save your precious pony memories
Can you complete all the challenges and become a riding superstar?
Which character would you like to be in this book?
I’d like to be the reader! Horsing Around is the pony journal I wanted as a kid.
Do you always take a book/ereader wherever you go?
It depends where I’m going. If I’m going on holiday, a book (or even a pile of books) is essential. Mention of a library in a holiday resort is a huge tick for me. It even beats a swimming pool! But on a day-to-day basis if I’m out and about dog walking or on the bus for example, I listen to audiobooks on my phone.
Say someone asks if they can use your name in a book. Would you rather be the ‘good one’ or the ‘bad one’?
Oooh, can I be the smart one? I grew up loving Nancy Drew and Velma from Scooby-Doo.
Do you prefer to read/write standalones or series?
In terms of my writing, I have a series of creative writing activity books and there are more in the pipeline for that, but most of my non-fiction books are standalone. I’m currently wrapping up a fantasy series, The Relic Hunters, and am drowning in plot holes and loose ends, so if I write another fiction series, I’m going to make sure I plot it all the way through in much more detail before I start!
I’m currently reading a lot of adventure travel books, like Coasting by Elise Downing, so those tend to be standalones.
Where can I find you when you are reading?
I have a chair in the corner of a room that is in the sun most of the day. Nobody else ever sits in that chair so I reckon I’ve properly claimed it.
Where can I find you when you are not writing/reading?
At the stables. There’s always stuff to do, plus I love chatting to folk who are as horse mad as me. It’s easy to pop down for 20 minutes to give the pony a carrot and still be there two hours later.
Can you walk past a bookstore without going inside?
Hahahaha! Of course not. And I’m even more in trouble if it’s a vintage bookstore. I can actually feel my heart start to race then.
I have a collection of first editions of pony books – I love the battered covers that show they’ve been read and re-read so many times. I included a reading record at the back of Horsing Around so children can keep track of their favourite horsey books and revisit them later
What are you most proud of?
What goes through your mind when you hold your new book in your hands for the first time?
Nerves! I’m a massive bundle of nerves waiting for the first reviews to come in. Even though Horsing Around is my eighth book, it doesn’t get any easier. Once you set a book loose in the world, it belongs to the readers.
What piece of advice would you give to aspiring writers?
I’m always asked this during school visits. I usually suggest carrying a small notebook to jot down ideas. I also recommend entering writing competitions if you want your work to be read by others. I remember winning a writing competition at my local library when I was about ten, unfortunately the story itself is long lost.
Thanks so much for inviting me to chat to you today J
Thank you, Lexi Rees and Rachel’s Random Resources
About the author
Lexi Rees was born in Scotland but now lives down south where she’s slave to a carrot obsessed gelding, a frisky mare, a dog who’s convinced he’s not been fed in a month, and a house of hungry boys.
She writes action-packed adventures and fun activity books for children.
She wrote Horsing Around in response to a predominance of pink in the existing pony book market which her own son found off-putting.
She’s passionate about developing a love of reading and writing in children and, as well as her creative writing workbook, she has an active programme of school visits and other events, is a Book PenPal for three primary schools, and runs a free online #kidsclub and newsletter which includes book recommendations and creative writing activities.
Twitter: @lexi_rees or https://twitter.com/lexi_rees
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