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The True Story of Zippy Chippy: The Little Horse That Couldn’t

Appearance Date: 11/6/2021

This is the humorous, inspirational, heartwarming story of a racehorse descended from the greatest horses to ever run, including Man o’ War, who wants nothing more than to follow in their hoofbeats. But there’s only one problem: Zippy Chippy isn’t terribly good at it. Narrowly avoiding the glue factory, the horse is acquired in a swap by Felix Monserrate, a horse trainer from Puerto Rico, who believes he can turn Zippy’s fortunes around. And when Felix’s small daughter, Marisa, develops a frolicsome friendship with the unpredictable, mischievous horse, Zippy’s fortunes do turn around, though not necessarily on the racetrack. The fabled racehorse Zippy Chippy is still alive today, at 29-plus years old, living in comfort at Old Friends at Cabin Creek, a retirement facility for aging racehorses in upstate New York. He ran 100 races but lost every single one—yet, in the process, became a folk hero, just like his legendary ancestors. The book is beautifully illustrated by Dave Szalay, who captures the soul of a steed. Zippy teaches us to never give up on our dreams, even when their fulfillment may be most elusive. With its powerful message of hope and determination, and its healing dose of humor, it could well be the perfect storybook for our times.

Meet the Author

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Artie Bennett

Artie Bennett is an executive copy editor by day and a writer by night. He is the author of an inspiring picture-book biography of a hapless, though beloved, horse: The True Story of Zippy Chippy: The Little Horse That Couldn’t. When Artie stumbled upon the story of Zippy Chippy, he found himself champing at the bit to introduce young readers to this remarkable tale of whoa! Zippy Chippy, a thoroughbred of impeccable pedigree, ran 100 races but lost every single one—yet, in the process, became a legend, too, just like his fabled ancestors. Lessons for youngsters abound in this moving, true tale. Artie is also the author of a quintet of hilarious rhyming picture books: The Butt Book, his first “mature” work and winner of the Reuben Award; Poopendous!, his “number two” picture book; Peter Panda Melts Down!, an adorable departure from derrières and doo; the explosively funny Belches, Burps, and Farts — Oh My!; and What’s Afoot! Your Complete, Offbeat Guide to Feet, which is guaranteed to knock your socks off. And if that’s not enough, he’s the author of two riotous joke and riddle books: The Universe’s Greatest Dinosaur Jokes and Pre-Hysteric Puns and The Universe’s Greatest School Jokes and Rip-Roaring Riddles. He and his wife live deep in the bowels of Brooklyn, New York, where he spends his time moving his car to satisfy the rigorous demands of alternate-side-of-the-street parking and shaking his fist at his neighbors.