Saturday, January 24, 2009

Billy And Blaze
C.W. Anderson
1936, Macmillan Publishing Co.

Billy loves horses, and is lucky enough to get a pony for his birthday. Together, boy and pony explore the woods, find a faithful dog and win a jumping class for Best Pony at a horse show.

C.W. Anderson's art is a favorite of most horse-crazy kids. What sums up the appeal, to me, is how soft it is. His drawings capture the liquid warmth of a horse's eyes, the gentle slope of their massive bodies; the charcoal shadings suggest the sheer bulk and physicality of horses, while the lines of ears and legs and curves of neck and tail suggest their substance. In his most action-packed illustrations there's still a hint of future peace, of the inherent laze of a large herbivore. Here, in one of his earliest books, the style is still being worked out and there are more lines, less shading, and altogether a less accomplished look. The art is good, certainly, but it doesn't yet have that distinctive Anderson touch. The dog, however, is excellent, with the touch of humor Anderson always showed in his art.

Blaze - bay pony with four white socks and a blaze
Rex - German Shepherd Dog (apparently)

Other Books by Anderson
Billy And Blaze books
Billy And Blaze
Blaze And The Gypsies
Blaze And The Forest Fire
Blaze Finds The Trail
Blaze And Thunderbolt
Blaze And The Mountain Lion
Blaze And The Indian Cave
Blaze And The Lost Quarry
Blaze And The Gray Spotted Pony
Blaze Shows The Way
Blaze Finds Forgotten Roads

Other Books (picture)
A Pony For Linda
The Crooked Colt
Pony For Three
Lonesome Little Colt

Other Books
High Courage
The Horse of Hurricane Hill
Afraid To Ride
Phantom, Son Of The Gray Ghost
A Filly For Joan
Great Heart
Another Man O'War
The Outlaw

Other Books (nonfiction)
Tomorrow’s Champions
Horses Are Folks
The Smashers
Heads Up, Heels Down
Deep Through The Heart
Twenty Gallant Horses
Complete Book Of Horses And Horsemanship

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