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Lily the Unicorn Hardcover – April 22, 2014

4.4 out of 5 stars 67 ratings

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From School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2—Adventuresome Lily (a pink unicorn) tries to convince risk-averse Roger (a penguin) to participate in a long list of adventures, games, and other fun activities. Roger, with a tightly furrowed brow, fears many "scary things" in the world and worries that he doesn't have the skills that Lily does to build a helicopter, invent new planets, play tic-tac-toe, scale volcanoes, etc. In the end, they compromise and agree to make an effort at friendship. Lily and Roger's stream of imaginary activities, objects, and situations are authentically childlike. Lily loves tie-dyeing and looking at clouds, while Roger fears oversleeping, broken promises, and tiny germs. Clayton renders these details in breezy, colorful pen-and-ink cartoons that favor whimsy over precision. Each page is packed with labeled images and hand-lettered text adding extra personality. Children will likely want to pore over the art more than once.—Nora Clancy, Teachers College Community School, New York City

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Lily is a bright-pink unicorn with a pale-blue tummy and tail. She loves everything about her life and what she likes to do. Pages teem with an astounding compendium of examples of things she likes to make (a robot crane, a spy-satellite viewer, a gorilla clock, a radio fortune-teller) and do (playing the banjo, exploring beyond the galaxy, tie-dyeing, puddle jumping). She enjoys music, messes, and make-believe. When she meets Roger, a penguin who is lonely and afraid, Lily challenges him to be her friend and have adventures. She introduces him to games and dreams up inventions and exploits guaranteed to please. The glum penguin doesn’t bite, but Lily won’t take no for an answer, and finally, he accepts her friendship—and the idea of having fun. The colorful hand-drawn block letters of the text and expansive white space surrounding the multitude of illustrations highlight this story of friendship and the emotions of feeling different. This great book for kids who are unsure about stepping out is packed with ideas for what to do next. Preschool-Grade 2. --Lolly Gepson

Product details

  • Grade Level : Preschool - 3
  • Item Weight : 1.05 pounds
  • Hardcover : 48 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0062116681
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0062116680
  • Publisher : HarperCollins (April 22, 2014)
  • Product Dimensions : 9 x 0.25 x 11 inches
  • Reading level : 5 - 6 years
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.4 out of 5 stars 67 ratings
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