YOU DON'T WANT A UNICORN! by Ame Dyckman

YOU DON'T WANT A UNICORN!

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Age Range: 2 - 6
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A child ignores the advice of an unknown narrator and learns by experience why a pet unicorn is a bad idea.

On the title double-page spread, digitized, cartoon artwork shows a light-skinned, brown-haired child clutching a toy unicorn and moving along a park path toward a public fountain. As the child reaches the fountain on the next page, large, black letters overhead declare, “WAIT!” On the next page, the lettering further addresses the child: “You were gonna wish for a unicorn, weren’t you? Wishing for a unicorn is a BIG MISTAKE!” When the child drops a coin in anyway, a white unicorn with purple mane appears, looking rather a lot like a horse-sized My Little Pony with a horn. As the child flies above parked cars on unicorn-back, the voice admits that, initially, there are advantages to having a unicorn. There follows a series of pages showing the disadvantages, as the unicorn sheds, tears up the child’s home, poops smelly pink cupcakes, and burps a rainbow. The child is still unconvinced, until the “biggest, top secret, nobody-knows-about-it problem” occurs. (Hint: unicorns are social animals.) The text is snarky-conversational with a contemporarily colloquial feel. On first read, children may enjoy the funny pictures and silly text and situations, but, rather like a rainbow-colored belch, it’s not substantial enough to sustain many return visits.

Best seen as a joke gift for a unicorn lover. (Picture book. 2-6)

Pub Date: Feb. 14th, 2017
ISBN: 978-0-316-34347-3
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Little, Brown
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15th, 2016




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