You Don't Want a Unicorn
You Don't Want a Unicorn
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Annotation: A child wishes for a unicorn without knowing how unruly they are as pets.
Catalog Number: #5911114
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
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Copyright Date: 2017
Edition Date: 2017
Illustrator: Climo, Liz,
Pages: 40
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-316-34347-1
ISBN 13: 978-0-316-34347-3
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2016006404
Dimensions: 27 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
"Be careful what you wish for" underpins this comic story of what could happen if one's dearest wish were to come true. In this case, a little boy prepares to wish for a unicorn despite warnings from an unseen narrator. With the plip of the boy'scoin in a fountain, a unicorn with flowing purple hair appears, and mayhem ensues. The narrator's warnings are juxtaposed with illustrations showing the boy and unicorn living in the boy's home. The narrator stresses that, yes, unicorns can fly but, once home, they shed (golden sparkles); scratch (the couch is in tatters); poop (piles of cupcakes); and burp (rainbows). But worst of all, when they get lonely, which they do, they invite their friends over for a raucous unicorn party he most destructive force in the universe." The candy-colored illustrations show the damage a roomful of magical party animals can do. Luckily, the wishing fountain is nearby, giving the boy a chance to correct his mistake, though the final illustration shows he may not have learned his lesson. Imaginative fun throughout.
Horn Book
This tongue-in-cheek exposi reveals the "reality" of life with a unicorn. A unicorn-loving kid wishes a unicorn into being; the (offstage) narrator, after admitting that having a unicorn is undeniably "awesome," presents the case for why "it's not worth it." Climo's rainbow-bright illustrations take Dyckman's silly premise to a whole new level of absurdity. This is a crowd-pleaser, complete with cupcake poops and rainbow burps.
Kirkus Reviews
A child ignores the advice of an unknown narrator and learns by experience why a pet unicorn is a bad idea.On the title double-page spread, digitized, cartoon artwork shows a light-skinned, brown-haired child clutching a toy unicorn and moving along a park path toward a public fountain. As the child reaches the fountain on the next page, large, black letters overhead declare, "WAIT!" On the next page, the lettering further addresses the child: "You were gonna wish for a unicorn, weren't you? Wishing for a unicorn is a BIG MISTAKE!" When the child drops a coin in anyway, a white unicorn with purple mane appears, looking rather a lot like a horse-sized My Little Pony with a horn. As the child flies above parked cars on unicorn-back, the voice admits that, initially, there are advantages to having a unicorn. There follows a series of pages showing the disadvantages, as the unicorn sheds, tears up the child's home, poops smelly pink cupcakes, and burps a rainbow. The child is still unconvinced, until the "biggest, top secret, nobody-knows-about-it problem" occurs. (Hint: unicorns are social animals.) The text is snarky-conversational with a contemporarily colloquial feel. On first read, children may enjoy the funny pictures and silly text and situations, but, rather like a rainbow-colored belch, it's not substantial enough to sustain many return visits. Best seen as a joke gift for a unicorn lover. (Picture book. 2-6)
Publishers Weekly
Unicorns: splendiferous magical delight or mythological menace? Dyckman (Horrible Bear!) suggests the latter in this cautionary tale. After a boy wearing an -I unicorns- T-shirt tosses a coin into a fountain, a white unicorn with a voluminous purple mane manifests in a shower of rainbows and stars. The boy is delighted, the unseen narrator not so much. -Sure, having a unicorn seems fun-at first,- the narrator says. -Fine! It-s awesome, okay?!- But this admission is followed by several negatives: unicorns shed, slice furniture to ribbons, and can-t be housetrained. Climo (the Rory the Dinosaur books) creates gleeful unicorn havoc in her droll cartoons as the boy-s new pet sheds golden sparkles, belches rainbows, and more (readers will never look at cupcakes the same way after the house-training scene). After an ultradestructive unicorn party involving a herd decked out in bows, leg warmers, and sunglasses, the boy learns his lesson (sort of). The ending fizzles, but there-s a lot of mischievous fun to be had getting there. Ages 4-8. Author-s agent: Scott Treimel, Scott Treimel N.Y. Illustrator-s agent: Kathleen Ortiz, New Leaf Literary & Media. (Feb.)
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Word Count: 236
Reading Level: 1.4
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 1.4 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 188158 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:1.6 / points:1.0 / quiz:Q70700
Lexile: AD490L

Be careful what pet you wish for in this hilarious picture book from bestselling author Ame Dyckman and beloved illustrator Liz Climo.

When a little boy throws a coin in a well asking for a pet unicorn, he has no idea what kind of trouble he's in for. Unbeknownst to him, unicorns make the absolutely worst pets: they shed, they poke holes in your ceiling, and they make a big mess. With a knowing wink from Ame Dykeman, creator of Wolfie the Bunny and cheerful illustrations from Rory the Dinosaur creator and Tumblr star Liz Climo, this rollicking story shares all of the ways a pet unicorn can ruin your life, and is sure to have readers in stitches.

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