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Latawnya, the Naughty Horse, Learns to Say "No" to Drugs is a little marvel featuring horses and drug abuse and aimed at the author's children. Its hero is Latawnya, who is inherently naughty and is described as such since page one. Its pose is reminiscence of a charmless, tl;dr Dr. Seuss who states the same basic idea in three separate sentences one after another. Fortunately, there are captivating illustrations for children with short attention spans. Something Awful discovered this treasure in May 2007 and breathed new life into it.


In 2010, the author Sylvia Scott Gibson attempted to sue Amazon based on her failure to comprehend Google and Amazon search results, Urban Dictionary for selling merchandise based on their entries, and Wikipedia due to vandalism and because Facebook mirrored a Wikipedia article and Gibson felt that Wikipedia was somehow to blame for all Latawnya-related content hosted on Facebook.

Amazon Reviews

This is the tale of three African American horses (Latawnya, Latoya and Daisy), who leave the stable and get drugs from four white horses (Connie, Chrystal, Jackie and Angie). It is a timely and poignant tale that will leave you laughing, crying, and making scary noises.

It starkly and accurately presents the real dangers horses in black neighborhoods face from Caucasian equine drug pushers; when one of the horses died of a drug overdose, this reviewer wept openly. This is a lesson all children, foals, calves, chicks and cubs must learn before it is too late.

A classic of our time. Get it while you still can.




When it comes to teaching children about the dangers of drug use, nothing does it better than something they can easily relate to--a young horse. This informative work will put your kids on the saddle for learning about safe and effective ways to say "neigh" to drugs.




i have been living in a neighborhood surrounded by predominantly caucasian (and might i add jewish) horses, and i've found that frequently, my white horses disappear into the neighborhoods of the inner city african american horses in order to do "business deals." prior to reading this book, i was unaware of what my horses were actually doing, but reading about Latawnya and her misadventures opened my eyes to the depravity and corruption of my horses and their hidden drug deals. i now realize that i should have read this book earlier, and educated my horses...i also would encourage owners of black horses to bring education to their communities so that equine drug overdoses can stop happening in our neighborhoods. when i confronted my horses on this matter, they admitted that they were not aware of the risks of drug and alcohol use, and after reading the book together, we had ourselves a good cry. now everyone knows what can happen when drugs are used and abused, and i believe that my horses and i are not only better for it as individuals, but have a closer relationship.




I found this book while shopping for my donkeys. Since I don't raise horses, but donkeys, I was worried that the story and illustrations would be too horse-centric for my donkeys. But once I read the book I decided that my donkeys probably won't care that it's about horses, since the story is so exciting and the message so uplifting, even for donkeys. Sure, a horse dies in the book, but I can just tell the donkeys that's what happens to bad horses (and donkeys) when they smoke drugs and drink. "Stay away from the horses!" I'll tell them, since obviously Latawnya's species is too weak and drug-addled to act like responsible donkeys. But there's more to the message as well-- donkeys (and horses) need to think for themselves rather than follow the popular donkeys around. When my donkeys are teenagers and some horse tries to get them on the drugs, they will know better and will say "No thanks, donkeys don't smoke drugs" thanks to this book. What more could the parent of a donkey want? (Other than to get the horses out of the neigh-bor-hood.)

A good message for donkeys AND horses. Thanks to the author for writing such an engaging, important book for all parents of hoofed animals (including donkeys and horses) who are worried about smoking the drugs and drinking the alcohol.



—Granite City Green Guy


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