Publishing date 28/02/2020
About the book
Woody Moves Home is a story about a little horse called Woody. When WoodyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s owner, a teenage girl named Chloe, grows too tall to ride Woody, she makes the difficult decision to give Woody away. Woody is given to an older lady called Julia. Julia loves horses in fact she loves all animals, and promises to take good care of Woody! Chloe and her mother take Woody in a horse box to his new home, SallyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Farm, where Julia has decided to keep him. Many happy horses live at SallyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Farm, with their own stables, green fields and, fresh hay to eat. Julia worries Woody will miss his old friends, but she doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have to, as Woody settles in to his new life very happily.
About Rose Snape
Since retiring from a career in social work a few years ago and moving to rural Surrey, Iâ€™ve been fortunate enough to start horse riding again after a forty year gap. When a little horse called Woody was given to me four years ago, my great love of all things horsey was reawakened. In addition to a busy home life, I now have a whole new life full of horses, new friends and everything horsey that can be packed in to daily life!
The joy of spending time with my quirky and entertaining little pony Woody, led me to the idea of writing stories about him for young children. My observations of his delightful, cheeky personality, together with my real life experiences of owning this very special pony, led me to write my first book about the irrepressible Woody.
When I wrote â€˜Woody Moves Homeâ€™, my dream was for the highly regarded and successful animal illustrator, Alison Lingley, to illustrate my book. Out of the many talented artists who illustrate animals, I knew Alison would be perfect as she has this magical way of humanizing her drawings. Seeing her greetings cards in my local vet one morning, I came across one with an illustration of a cheeky looking, chestnut pony resting happily on his ownersâ€™ double bed! The couple in the bed look decidedly uncomfortable and disgruntled. The caption under the drawing says, â€œYou spoil this horse!â€ It was this card in particular that caught my eye due to the horseâ€™s similarity to Woody! This card is now framed and hangs in pride of place at home!
I took a big gamble contacting Alison, unsure as to what she would make of a complete stranger contacting her, asking her to illustrate her book! To my delight, after she read my book, she got in touch to say she thought I had something worth pursuing! Working with Alison has been an absolute delight. Her illustrations bring such life and personality to the animals and, the drawings of Woody in particular, are better than I could ever have hoped for. They certainly do him justice! And so my journey with Alison began. We now have plans for further Woody book!