The Little Horse Bus

Mr Potter the grocer has three assistants, an errand boy called Tim, and a pony called Brandy, which he keeps to cheer children up. Then competition appears in the shape of the Hygienic Emporium Company Limited.

Publishing history
Max Parrish, London, 1952, 35 pp, illus Dorothy Craigie
Bodley Head, London, 1974, 46 pp, illus Edward Ardizzone
Doubleday, New York, 1974, 47 pp, illus Edward Ardizzone
Viking, London, 1994, 47 pp, illus Edward Ardizzone

Mr Potter the grocer has three assistants, an errand boy called Tim, and a pony called Brandy, which he keeps to cheer children up. Then competition appears in the shape of the Hygienic Emporium Company Limited. They use a splendid chestnut mare (not friendly) called Beauty, and a hansom cab, to deliver goods. Customers prefer Beauty, but the children don’t. Beauty delivers the wads of cash the Emporium earns to the Bank, but one day she and her hansom cab, and the cash are stolen. But all is not lost: the little horse bus, and Brandy who pulls it, have seen what happened.

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Graham Greene