|Hutchinson first edition, 1970, illus Elisabeth Grant|
As a child, you don't have quite the same view, if you move. To you, it may be the only house you've ever known: the one where all your memories are centred, and to move is like wrenching your life out by the roots, and that's what it's like for Dan in Ponies in the Attic.
|Puffin paperback, 1973|
Dan resents Debbie for living in his house: it must feel almost as if she's stolen his life. They do overcome this obstacle, and become real friends. The book is a satisfying read, and is one of the few pony books Puffin editor Kaye Webb picked up. Although she was, reportedly, very dismissive of the pony book, that didn't stop her picking up some of the better examples in the genre, more of which will appear in later PBOTDs.
Ponies in the Attic was first published by Hutchinson in 1970, and was illustrated by Elisabeth Grant. Puffin published the book in 1973, when it appeared in paperback with a slightly different cover illustration.
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