Literature: Winni Allfours
is a 1995 book by British children’s author Babette Cole
, writer of certain popular kindergarten stories (Supermoo
, Princess Smartypants
and Prince Cinders
) which are known for adding a zany twist to familiar elements from fairy tales or comic books.
This story is a little different. The plot is simple –
Winni Allfours is a girl who lives in the countryside and wants a pony more than anything in the world. But her parents don’t approve the idea, and prefer enforcing their strict vegetarian lifestyle upon their daughter. When the school dinner lady comments that Winni “will turn into a horse” from eating so many vegetables, Winni decides to put her theory to the test, and sure enough, this works!
Afterwards, things go uphill for Winni very fast as she trains to become a champion racehorse, under the guidance of Paddy O’Connor. The sneaking machinations of rival jockey Nobbler O’Toole don’t stop her from beating the world record and fulfilling her ambitions. Winni’s parents suggest she’ll turn back into a little girl by eating enough hamburger and chips, promising to buy her a pony. However, Winni declines, choosing to live her dreams as a horse instead.