Title: MidnightMidnight
Author: Sam Savitt
Pages: 96
Recommended Ages: 9-13
Star Rating: ★★★★

I’d never heard of Midnight the ‘Champion Bucking Horse’ of all time before I purchase this book. And, in all honesty, when I saw this cover, I thought it was some kind of fictional account of a fictional horse. Instead, I find it to be the factual record of one of the most splendid creatures ever to live.

The Story.

When Midnight was first brought into the corral, Jim McNab had hopes of turning him into a first rate cow horse. But Midnight had other plans. He kicked and bucked and threw until Jim was out on the ground. Once the news got around that Old Jim McNab had been thrown by a black devil of a beast, cowboys from the surrounding ranches came over to see him, touch, and some even to ride him…. This was the beginning of Midnight’s career.

For the next fourteen years, hundreds of riders tried to conquer Midnight. They all failed. His ferocious spirit compounded with his uncontainable strength made him invincible on the field – no man ever rode him for more than seven seconds in competition or display.

Cautions.

One person comments that Lady Luck is with him.

It is recorded that the epitaph on Midnight’s grave read:

“Underneath this sod lies a great
bucking hoss
There never lived a cowboy he
couldn’t toss
His name was Midnight, his coat
black as coal
If there’s a hoss heaven, please, God,
rest his soul.”

‘Heck’ is used seven times, ‘darn’ five times, ‘son of a gun’ four times, and ‘gosh’ twice.

Conclusion. I’m not much of a rodeo person myself, but I found Midnight to be a truly interesting story. Any animal or cowboy oriented child will love this story.

Review © 2012 Laura Verret

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