Book Rhi-view: Uni the Unicorn by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Uni the Unicorn by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Brigette Barrager

Fantasy, Friendship
Ebook, Hardcover (48 pages, RANDOM HOUSE)
An original picture book about a unicorn from bestselling author Amy Krouse Rosenthal (Plant a Kiss).
In this clever twist on the age-old belief that there’s no such thing as unicorns, Uni the unicorn is told there’s no such thing as little girls! No matter what the grown-up unicorns say, Uni believes that little girls are real. Somewhere there must be a smart, strong, wonderful, magical little girl waiting to be best friends. In fact, far away (but not too far), a real little girl believes there is a unicorn waiting for her. This refreshing and sweet story of friendship reminds believers and nonbelievers alike that sometimes wishes really can come true.
 (Ages: 3-7)
Release Date: August 26th

And she would be the best friend... (5 stars)

Once upon a time there was a little girl who thought unicorns were pretty much the most awesome thing in the whole wide world. But as happens with all little girls, one day she grew up and had a little girl of her own. Alas, that little girl is not so fond of unicorns and thought that UNI THE UNICORN was not a good story, or so she told her mama. Well what do 4-year-olds know about good fiction anyway? :P

While my daughter usually has okay taste in books I was quite disappointed she didn't like UNI THE UNICORN because I absolutely loved it. Not only is it a sweet, timeless story about not giving up on what you believe just because others think you're silly, it is beautifully illustrated. I went straight to the internet to track down Barrager to see her other work as soon as we finished. Every single page of this book is striking and fantastical. The only thing I didn't love about it was that the little girl in the story is your stereotypical blonde-haired, blue-eyed caucasian girl, it would have been terrific to see a story about a unicorn where the little girl wasn't so cookie-cutter.

A thoughtful story for the preschool into early reader set with lushly illustrated, elegant pages worthy of framing, UNI THE UNICORN spoke to my inner child even if my daughter didn't enjoy it.

Notes: ARC received via publisher.

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