Heart of Gold

Scholastic. (Cutiecorns: Bk. 1). May 2020. 112p. pap. $5.99. ISBN 9781338540369.
Gr 2-4–This sparkly, fun, and fantasy-filled series brings the world of puppies and unicorns together into one magical creature known as Cutiecorns. These adorable puppies with unicorn horns live in the fantastical world of Puppypaw Island. The adventure begins with Sparkle as she is preparing for her magic ceremony, where she will learn how to use her special powers. Sparkle’s mother gives her a family heirloom—a golden heart locket to commemorate the occasion. When Sparkle wears it out to play, a mysterious figure steals it. Sparkle, with the help of her friends Twinkle and Flash, must put together the clues left behind to find the thief and retrieve Sparkle’s necklace. Each chapter is short and includes a heartwarming illustration. Adorable pictures support the plot and assist readers new to chapter book reading. The themes of friendship, family, and cooperation ring throughout. The world of Puppypaw Island will spark readers’ imagination, and leave them wanting more books in the series.
VERDICT Cuteness overload, these Cutiecorns will have young readers wanting more. Perfect for libraries where Ellen Miles’s “The Puppy Place” series is popular. A fun and inventive choice for any beginning chapter book collection.

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