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Uni the Unicornby Amy Krouse Rosenthal
From the author of Little Pea, Spoon, and Duck! Rabbit! comes a uniquely magical tale of Uni the Unicorn. Uni is the only unicorn who believes little girls are real! Lovely illustrations by Brigette Barrager make this a wonderful and memorable read.
Synopses & Reviews
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.
"While the spirit of Mary Blair, vintage Golden Books, and 1960s animation influences many contemporary picture books, Barrager (Twelve Dancing Princesses) embraces it fully in this collaboration with Rosenthal (Exclamation Mark). Like her fellow unicorns, Uni is magical and magnificent; she has a luxuriant magenta mane, golden hooves, and violet eyes that don't just sparkle — they basically are sparkles. Where Uni differs from her peers is in her belief that little girls are real, that 'a strong smart wonderful magical little girl' is out there waiting to be her best friend. In a series of single-page vignettes, Barrager shows Uni and a blonde, blue eyed human girl dashing through fields of flowers, healing forest animals with Uni's magical horn, and sailing past birds and clouds as they slide down a rainbow. The throwback illustration style, absence of tech (save for a nightlight and record player), and emphasis on clinging to beliefs that the world dismisses as fantasy combine to create a story that encourages kids to stay kids as long as possible. Ages 3 7. Author's agent: Amy Rennert, the Amy Rennert Agency. Illustrator's agent: Vicki Willden-Lebrecht, the Bright Group. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Amy Krouse Rosenthal is the author of over 20 books for children. Her titles include Wumbers, Plant a Kiss, Little Pea, Spoon, The Wonder Book, Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons, and Duck!Rabbit!. A long-time contributor to NPR, she is currently the host and creator of Mission Amy K R.com produced by Chicago Public Radio. Amy lives with her family in Chicago and online at whoisamy.com.
Brigette Barranger graduated from CalArts with a BFA in Character Animation in 2007. She likes tea and books and general old lady-ish stuff, and hates when people's toes hang over the edge of their sandals. Visit her at: http://brigetteb.blogspot.com/.
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