A Unicorn Named Sparkle by Amy Young


A Unicorn Named Sparkle by Amy Young

When Lucy sees an ad in the newspaper for a unicorn, she sends in her twenty five cents and waits four to six long weeks for her very own unicorn to arrive. She imagines the flowers that she'll braid into his beautiful pink mane, and she even picks the perfect name for him: Sparkle. But when Sparkle arrives, his ears are too long, his horn is too short, he smells funny and oh, he has fleas. Lucy isn't pleased, but in the end she warms up to Sparkle and realises that even though he wasn't exactly the unicorn she wanted, he might be just the one she needs.


A yummy little morsel. Booklist with praise for Don't Eat the Baby

The layout is clean and well designed, and lively acrylic illustrations are done in bright colors School Library Journal with praise for Don't Eat the Baby

The artwork swirls about in bright blues, pinks, and purples while the page layout and Belinda's odd but beautifully positioned and danced jet s, r verences, and arabesques deserve bravas and applause. School Library Journal with praise for Belinda, the Ballerina

For every young dancer who finds that her body is not perfect (that is, almost every young dancer), the story puts physical defects into perspective and offers something to laugh about at the same time. Booklist with praise for Belinda, the Ballerina

And Young hits all the visual beats, creating something likable and appealing. Yet there are moments of greater promise the ad on the back cover, with its zinelike look; the girlcentric endpapers (rainbows! cupcakes! butterflies! stars! goat?!?) that hint at something edgier and more distinctive that hasn't quite developed.A tale about coming to love someone or something for who they are and not what one hopes them to be: a pleasant addition to the odd-couple shelf. Kirkus

'She had to admit: sometimes he made her smile and sometimes he made her laugh,

Don t Eat the Baby!), whose storytelling and watercolor cartooning are spot-on in their comic timing. Her message to readers is clear: self-awareness and finding a soul mate don t always come easily. PW

This is a humorous and charming story about managing unrealistic expectations, choosing a pet, and acting responsibly...This funny, heartfelt story about a girl and her not-so-perfect unicorn will be a hit for storytime or one-on-one sharing SLJ

Irresistible pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations of Lucy and her scruffy new friend add charm to this buoyant story of reality trumping fantasy. Shelf Awareness

About the Author

Amy Young was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and though she trained and practiced as a lawyer, she has always wanted to be an artist. Her first picture book, which she wrote and illustrated, was Belinda the Ballerina. Since then, she has written and illustrated many picture books. She lives in Spring Lake, Michigan, with her husband.

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40 pages


Amy Young
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Farrar, Straus & Giroux Inc

Publication date

18th July 2016



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