Booklist Reviews "Finnegan and Fox: The Ten-Foot Cop"
Booklist Online (Apr 2013)
Narrated by a 10-year-old horse with wide eyes and evident pride in his work, this picture book about a mounted-police unit features a girl lost in Times Square. Don’t worry; it’s not scary—Finnegan is such an upbeat horse-narrator that even the youngest readers will sense that he is coming to the rescue. The story begins with Finnegan introducing himself and his beanpole partner, T. J. Fox. He discusses the people they see on their Times Square beat, including the fruit and vegetable seller, the traffic officer, and tourists from all over. Manders’ cartoonlike watercolors, featuring lots of bulbous noses and toothy smiles, make Times Square seem like a hectic but friendly multicultural universe. When a little girl from Wyoming gets separated from her group, Finnegan and Fox set off to look for her. In an unlikely but picture-book-perfect twist, Finnegan wanders off to look down an alleyway and finds the scared child. His heroics bring him fame—and, even better, an apple. The last page features further mounted-police information, including worldwide use, training, and horse retirement.