Kevin the Unicorn: Why Can’t We Be Besti-Corns? by Jessika von Innerebner

Kevin the Unicorn: Why Can’t We Be Besti-Corns? by Jessika von Innerebner. Dial Books for Young Readers, 2020. 9781984814807

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre:  Picture book fantasy

What did you like about the book? Kevin, “a magical friend-making machine,” is a turquoise unicorn with long flowing hot pink hair. When his new neighbor, Eric, moves in, Kevin immediately wants to make friends. Eric, purple with short purple hair, is game. But they soon find out that they have different tastes in food (glitter soda vs clam juice), activities (sports vs dancing), and anything else they try to do together. What in other books would result in a breakthrough friend-cementing discovery that they both love, in this case, the unicorn neighbors decide that instead of forcing a besties friendship, that it’s okay just to be friendly. Acceptance of difference is the theme, and I love it. The rainbow colors and unicorn cuteness will attract legions of followers. Kevin’s gender non-conforming appearance is inclusive without being about inclusivity. A cute read.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  For ages 3-7, who are fans of the author’s first Kevin the Unicorn book and for anyone seeking gender inclusive picture books.

Who should buy this book? Day cares, elementary school and public libraries

Where would you shelve it ? Picture books

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

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA

Date of review: October 21, 2020

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