Unicorn in New York: Louie Makes a Splash by Rachel Hamilton

Unicorn in New York: Louie Makes a Splash

Written by Rachel Hamilton
Illustrated by Oscar Armelles
Part of the Unicorn in New York Series

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In a Nutshell - A fishy tale of fame and friendship

Everyone's favourite Unicorn is back in another laugh-a-minute caper. There's a new show in town and the students of the New York School of Performing Arts are excited about the auditions for Splash it Up! especially Miranda the Mermaid. The role could have been written for her! Her friends Louie, Danny the Faun and Frank the Troll are thrilled when Miranda lands the starring role but even Louie's sunny optimism is challenged when Miranda turns diva and fame starts to affect their friendship. Fortunately for Miranda, Louie is a loyal friend and is determined to make Miranda's last night go with a splash!

Louie is an endearing character, bubbly and full of fun, and with short chapters, lots of action and funny illustrations on every page it is a great choice for newly independent readers. The story is peppered with puns that will keep the grown ups smiling too.

Readers looking for funny illustrated stories will also enjoy Pamela Butchart’s books, The Bolds by Julian Clary and David Roberts, and Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre’s adventure stories for young readers.


Unicorn in New York: Louie Makes a Splash by Rachel Hamilton

Meet Louie, a unicorn searching for stardom in New York City! A hilarious series, with a unique visual approach, combining real New York photography with character illustrations. Perfect for 7-9 year olds that love funny fiction and bonkers characters. The fourth instalment in this hilarious series by Rachel Hamilton. Dear Mum and Dad The New York School for Performing Arts is the perfect place for a unicorn like me. So far it has been totally AWESOME! My friend Miranda has landed the lead role in the hottest new musical in town! Everyone says she's turned into a huge DIVA but she still looks like a fishy-tailed mermaid to me. Louie xx


Praise for Louie Lets Loose:

'terrifically funny and wonderfully absurd This Book is Funny

'A quirky and fun story for those just moving on from traditional picture books' The Bookbag Blog

'a laugh-out loud gem ... Read it and giggle' Minerva Reads

About the Author

Rachel Hamilton

Rachel Hamilton studied at Oxford and Cambridge and has put her education to good use working in an ad agency, a comprehensive school, a building site and a men's prison. Her interests are books, films, stand-up comedy and cake, and she loves to make people laugh, especially when it's intentional rather than accidental.

Her debut novel, The Case of the Exploding Loo, won the Worcestershire Awesomest Book Award and was runner up in the Emirates Festival of Literature First Fiction Award, as well as being nominated for the Leeds Book Awards and the Redbridge Children's Book Awards.

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128 pages


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Publication date

1st June 2017




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