Uni the Unicorn
Author: Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Illustrator: Brigette Barrager
Author website: http://www.whoisamy.com
Illustrator website: http://brigetteb.com/
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Kayt
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.
I thought I would love this book, who does not want to believe in unicorns, but somehow the last third of the book was a letdown. Not sure if children will also feel that way. Uni the unicorn is told that there is no such thing as little girls. In all other ways Uni is the perfect unicorn. She wants to believe and does no matter what anyone says. To the readers delight, yes there is a real little girl and she believes in unicorns no matter what anyone says. The problem for me is 2 thirds of the book give you all the cuteness and magic of Uni, then one third drops a bit of information about the little girl and then nothing.
The illustrations are “cute” and I am sure a lot of children and adults enjoy them. For me they are not enticing and really seem childishly done. I guess there is a market for that look and the colors are wonderful, but even as a child I wanted more and even more realistic but fanciful. Uni the Unicorn is cute and a bit fun and does get the message to believe out there, but is just lacking a bit.