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  • Published: 3 September 2015
  • ISBN: 9781448188000
  • Imprint: Andersen Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 32

Black Beauty (Picture Book)

Ruth Brown retells the classic tale Black Beauty for the very youngest horse lovers, with stunning illustrations full of verve and vitality.

Discover the magic of Anna Sewell's Black Beauty in this picture book, retold and stunningly illustrated by Ruth Brown for the very youngest of horse lovers.

Black Beauty's story improved the lives of horses all over the world. Seen through his own eyes, young horse lovers will be swept up in his incredible journey from a peaceful paddock to the streets of London. No matter what he encounters, nothing can break Black Beauty's spirit.

'A real treat for young horse-lovers' Irish Times

  • Published: 3 September 2015
  • ISBN: 9781448188000
  • Imprint: Andersen Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 32

About the authors

Anna Sewell

Anna Sewell was born in 1820 and lived with her family in Norfolk and then in a village on the outskirts of London. At the age of fourteen Anna injured her ankles in a fall, and was severely disabled for the rest of her life. She had to travel everywhere in horse-drawn carriages, and so Anna was always concerned with the treatment of the animals she so relied upon. She wrote Black Beauty in order to convince a wide audience of the importance of the humane treatment of animals. It is her only novel, and Anna Sewell died shortly after it's publication, little guessing how well-known and widely loved her story would become.

Ruth Brown

Ruth Brown is the creator of some of Britain's best loved children's books, that have been shortlisted for many awards, including the Kate Greenaway Medal. She has created a great many picture books for Andersen Press and is highly respected as an author and illustrator. She was born in Devon and now lives in London and Kent.

Praise for Black Beauty (Picture Book)

Ruth Brown's artwork captures the fluctuating fortunes of the equine hero... This version will be a real treat for young horse-lovers

Irish Times

A sumptuous visual feast


Brown illustrates in a rich, pastoral style

Publishers Weekly

A handsome picture book. Ruth Brown's painterly style is just right for Beauty’s story and her rich, full-spread illustrations perfectly capture the major incidents in the horse’s life

Andrea Reece, Lovereading4Kids

Brown draws people and horses with facility, grace, and expression. A satisfying picture book for young horse fans.


Ruth Brown's painterly style is just right for the story and this will be enjoyed equally by those new to the original and those who already love Black Beauty’s story.

Books for Keeps

Ruth Brown has taken Anna Sewell's classic Black Beauty, one of the best-loved books of all time and turned it into a handsome picture book.

Andrea Reece, LoveReading4Kids

A good introduction to a classic, perfect for classroom reading and storytimes with older children.

School Library Journal

Illustrated on every page with the most stunning artwork, dramatically and vividly capturing the emotions of each scene depicted.


Another masterpiece from the brush of Ruth Brown!

The School Librarian

Glorious illustrations

Angels & Urchins