Unicorn Night: Sleep Tight by Diana Murray, Illustrated by Luke Flowers

Unicorn Night: Sleep Tight by Diana Murray, Illustrated by Luke Flowers, Published by Sourcebooks, 9781728222981, 2021

Format: Hardcover, 32 pages

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3

Genre:  Picture book-Fantasy

What did you like about the book? Digitally Illustrated, pictures in this whimsical tale are sure to attract young readers and fans of anything unicorn.  The narrative, told in rhyme, describes a day in the life of unicorns, beginning with a party, as only unicorns can, including cupcakes and rainbows and ending with their nighttime ritual.  The rhythm and cadence of the text is not forced and adds a sing-song element to the tale.  Engaging images, created in Photoshop, are the focal point of this book.  Bold and kinetic with vibrant colors, the pictures easily tell the story.  The vocabulary is simple and fits the age group for which the text is written.

Anything you didn’t like about it? The story is cute, yet flat.  The story line is eclectic with the focal point oscillating between first unicorns, then woodland creatures, and back again. 

To whom would you recommend this book? Young readers who enjoy stories in rhyme and unicorns may enjoy this tale.

Who should buy this book?  Educators in elementary schools or story time presenters might have a use for this story.

Where would you shelve it? Picture book-Fantasy

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  I feel that this title would reside at the middle of the “to read” pile.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Elena Schuck, Nathaniel H. Wixon Intermediate School, Dennis, Massachusetts

Date of review: June 24, 2021

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