October 2016, Exisle Publishing, 32 pages, Paperback, Review copy
Summary from Exisle
Patch the pony is lonely. He has fun with his young owner, Sam, and the other farm animals are friendly, but sometimes it feels as if he still doesn’t quite fit in. Then one day Sam has an idea and something happens that changes Patch’s life forever.
Cute! Cute! CUTE! If you hadn't already guessed this book is cute. I fell in love with Patch on the cover, and like how the first and last inner cover pages reflect what's happening in the story at the start and the end. I love friendly the animals are, how they have tea and do washing like humans, how Patch is part of their life but for a while doesn't have a special someone. I love all the hearts that work their way onto the page when Ruby appears, as well as how each animal family is affected by Ruby's appearance.
It's a fluffy feeling read, filled with hope, friendship, and love. The story obviously explains what is going on, while the pictures paint the full picture of Patch's loneliness, as well as how much he enjoys being with his friends but still needs that special someone who is Ruby. I know I'll be rereading this (or just looking at the pictures) whenever I need cheering up as its' cuteness makes me feel good.