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A Unicorn Named Sparkle Hardcover – July 5, 2016
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PreS-Gr 1—When a girl named Lucy sees an ad in the paper selling unicorns for 25 cents, she sends off for one right away. Lucy has high expectations for her new unicorn, whom she plans to name Sparkle as she rides on his majestic back and impresses all of her friends. However, when Sparkle arrives, he is spotted, short, and mischievous and has fleas. At first Lucy wants to return him to the man she bought him from, but she soon warms up to him when she realizes that, despite his flaws, Sparkle is actually very sweet. Children will laugh at Sparkle's naughty antics but also root for him to win Lucy over, feel heartbroken when she initially chooses to return Sparkle, and cheer when the two are reunited at the end. This is a humorous and charming story about managing unrealistic expectations, choosing a pet, and acting responsibly. Young skillfully draws the endearingly scruffy Sparkle so that even though he more closely resembles an odd-looking "goat" than a unicorn, he is still undeniably adorable. The last page, in which a smiling Lucy declares, "Welcome Home!" and embraces a visibly happy Sparkle, is the perfect endnote. VERDICT This funny, heartfelt story about a girl and her not-so-perfect unicorn will be a hit for storytime or one-on-one sharing.—Laura J. Giunta, Garden City Public Library, NY
“A yummy little morsel.” ―Booklist with praise for Don't Eat the Baby
“The layout is clean and well designed, and lively acrylic illustrations are done in bright colors” ―School Library Journal with praise for Don't Eat the Baby
“The artwork swirls about in bright blues, pinks, and purples while the page layout and Belinda's odd but beautifully positioned and danced jet‚s, r‚verences, and arabesques deserve bravas and applause.” ―School Library Journal with praise for Belinda, the Ballerina
“For every young dancer who finds that her body is not perfect (that is, almost every young dancer), the story puts physical defects into perspective and offers something to laugh about at the same time.” ―Booklist with praise for Belinda, the Ballerina
"And Young hits all the visual beats, creating something likable and appealing. Yet there are moments of greater promise―the ad on the back cover, with its zinelike look; the girlcentric endpapers (rainbows! cupcakes! butterflies! stars! goat?!?)―that hint at something edgier and more distinctive that hasn't quite developed.A tale about coming to love someone―or something―for who they are and not what one hopes them to be: a pleasant addition to the odd-couple shelf."―Kirkus
"'She had to admit: sometimes he made her smile and sometimes he made her laugh,' writes Young (Don’t Eat the Baby!), whose storytelling and watercolor cartooning are spot-on in their comic timing. Her message to readers is clear: self-awareness and finding a soul mate don’t always come easily."―PW
"This is a humorous and charming story about managing unrealistic expectations, choosing a pet, and acting responsibly...This funny, heartfelt story about a girl and her not-so-perfect unicorn will be a hit for storytime or one-on-one sharing" ―SLJ
"Irresistible pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations of Lucy and her scruffy new friend add charm to this buoyant story of reality trumping fantasy." ―Shelf Awareness
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