Uni the Unicorn in the Real World

Random House Studio. (Uni the Unicorn). Sept. 2021. 42p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780593306802.
PreS-Gr 1–While many believe that unicorns are only make-believe, it’s Uni, “the only unicorn who believed that little girls were REAL,” who comes to visit a child via a swirling double-rainbow “between Here and There.” Unfortunately, Uni is invisible to any who do not believe, including the girl’s family and her friends, a mixed group of racially diverse children; their faces register puzzlement when introduced. This offering presents illustrations in a variety of sizes, enhanced by the fluidity of digitally painted images that continue beyond the frame of the page and so encourage page turns. Patterns of flowers enhance a folk-art range of houses in the small town setting with a colorfully imagined world of cartoon characters.
VERDICT A suggested general purchase for libraries with readers who simply can’t resist the latest unicorn book, this title pays tribute to the boundless power of imagination.

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