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A Unicorn Named Sparkle Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-08-03 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 6 user ratings
ISBN:0374301859
LANGUAGE:English

"When Lucy sends away for her 25 cent unicorn, she has big dreams of what it’s going to look like. It is sure to be blue with a pink tail and pink mane. She will ride on him and name him Sparkle. But when the box finally arrives, Sparkle is not what she expected at all. He does love cupcakes, but that’s not all he loves to eat. He also eats underwear, his flower necklace and the tutu Lucy puts on him. She can’t ride him at all and he doesn’t behave at show-and-tell. Lucy decides to return Sparkle, but the man can’t come and get him until the next day. In the meantime, Sparkle turns out to be scared of storms, butterflies love him, and he makes Lucy laugh. Perhaps it’s not important to be the perfect unicorn after all.

I must admit that I expected this book to be overly sweet, rather too sparkly and filled with too much princess and unicorn fluff. However, it’s not that kind of a picture book at all and I can’t resist a book that surprises me this much. Even better, it’s a unicorn book with a “unicorn” that farts, smells and has fleas. In fact, it’s a unicorn book about a goat and a girl who learns to love him. And in the end, I think readers are going to fall for Sparkle too and realize that the idealized unicorn may be very dull compared to one very active goat.

Young’s illustrations are very appealing. She does a mix of large format pages and then more detailed ones that show all of the trouble that Sparkle manages to get into. Lucy imagines herself as a princess, but throughout is clearly a colorful little girl who loves to pretend and imagine. Readers will immediately know that Sparkle is not a unicorn, but will love the fact that he’s a goat with a heart-shaped mark on his side.

A sparkling and clever story about new friends that defy expectations. Appropriate for ages 3-5.
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"Sometimes we get an idea in our head of what a perfect pet would be and when we get that pet, they turn out to be not exactly what we expected. What happens then? Well you get frustrated, the pet behaves poorly and all because we did give the pet the opportunity to show it's personality or give the pet enough time to get used to us and vice versa.

This is a book showing responsibility and acceptance. Well done by Amy Young. Published by Farrar Straus Giroux.

#PB #pets #unicorn #goat #acceptance #responsibility
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" I love unicorns. I love goats. I loved this book! " said.

" From now on I will be more appreciative of any and all bargain unicorns in my life. " said.

" Unicorns, rainbows, cupcakes, and butterflies = my daughter's new favorite book! " said.

" Cute book about expectations and seeing past flaws. " said.

" The ending is a bit abrupt, but the art in this is adorable. " said.

" First thought is to beware of getting what you wish for, second thought is acceptance of quirks and how they can grow on you. Be sure to notice the heart shaped spot on Sparkle's side. " said.

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