A Unicorn Named Sparkle – written and illustrated by Amy Young


 3790169A Unicorn Named Sparkle – written and illustrated by Amy Young, Farrar Straus Giroux, 9780374301859, 2016

FormatHardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Genre: Picture book

What did you like about the book? Lucy orders a unicorn from her magazine and is so excited for him to arrive; she thinks up a name, imagines what he’ll look like, plans things for them to do together, and even gets a cupcake ready for him. But when Sparkle arrives, he’s nothing like she expected… What do you do with a unicorn you don’t want? Despite how it may appear, Sparkle and Lucy are perfect for each other.  This sweet story of friendship is accompanied by illustrations in a light pallet of colors for a heart-warming feel throughout the book. There is a strong message of acceptance by the end, but this goes hand-in-hand with a theme of responsibility as Lucy begins to understand what it means to have a pet (unicorn).

Anything you didn’t like about it? Nothing! This is a great message wrapped in two cute characters.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Readers who love fantasy creatures will find Sparkle to be wonderfully new and unique. The best application of this book is to recommend it to families prepping young kids for the responsibility of pet ownership.

Who should buy this book? Childrens’ library collections (public and school)

Where would you shelve it ? Picture book collection

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Melissa McCleary, Pembroke Public Library, Pembroke, MA

Date of reviewDecember 17, 2016

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