|Collins 1st edition, 1946|
|Collins Junior Fontana, 1956|
|Armada, 1966, cover Peter Archer|
|Armada paperback, 1970s|
|Collins Pony Library, 1973|
"Few readers, whether they know about ponies or not, are likely to accept the situation in I Wanted a Pony.... where Augusta discovers in a few minutes what everyone else (including the vet) has failed to deduce in months about the grey pony - that its unpleasant habit of tossing its head is not due to a brain-tumour but to the fact that an unusually broad forehead makes all bridles uncomfortable. This contrivance to bring the pony within Augusta's limited means is unusually bad." (Margery Fisher, Intent Upon Reading, 1961.
||Armada paperback, 1980s|
And isn't that what we'd all like, in life? The bully to be confounded, our dreams of horses come true, and all those around us to admit that actually, we were right all along. No wonder I Wanted a Pony was such a popular book.
I Wanted a Pony was first published by Collins in 1946, with a cover and internal illustrations by Anne Bullen. Collins published it in paperback as part of its Junior Fontana imprint in 1956, with a new cover illustration. Armada, the paperback arm of Collins, put the book out in 1966, the 1970s and in the 1980s, firstly with a cover by Peter Archer, followed by an uncredited artist, and the usual photo cover. In between the paperback editions, I Wanted a Pony made an appearance as a part of the Collins Pony Library in 1973, with a new cover.
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