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KEVIN THE UNICORN by Jessika von Innerebner


It's Not All Rainbows

From the Kevin the Unicorn series

by Jessika von Innerebner ; illustrated by Jessika von Innerebner

Pub Date: Oct. 22nd, 2019
ISBN: 978-1-9848-1430-2
Publisher: Dial Books

What could make a unicorn have a bad day?

“Everyone knows that unicorns are perfect,” starts this gleefully ill-tempered story. Cartoonish unicorns prance around a garishly bright landscape, skateboarding down rainbows and leaping over cupcakes. So when Kevin “[wakes] up on the floor,” he knows that he has no choice but to “KEEP IT HAPPY.” Motivational posters encourage him to “SPARKLE MORE,” he zooms down Cheerful Drive and Upbeat Avenue, and aggressive billboards warn residents to “ALWAYS BE A HAPPY-CORN!” But negative experiences—an empty gas tank in the middle of a rainstorm, a steaming cup of clam juice instead of glitter soda, and a pack of hungry dogs—pile up. Kevin tries to keep a smile on his face but it becomes an increasingly forced grin, then a rictus. He finally snaps, yelling: “This is a really horrible, lousy, awful day!” After the slight awkwardness that follows the breaking of a unicorn social contract, Kevin’s friends start to open up about their own trials and tribulations. Blending the timeless wisdom of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day with a slight parody of current trends, this picture book is an excellent antidote to the cult of positive thinking.

Slightly subversive and a lot of fun.

(Picture book. 3-7)