Dear Unicorn

Viking. Sept. 2023. 40p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780593206942.
K-Gr 3–Pen pals with a twist. Connie and Nic are paired as part of a class assignment. Each assumes their correspondent is of the same species, but in truth Connie is an elementary-age girl and Nic is a pink unicorn. Their postal exchange leads to some goofy gaffes—Connie mistakes Nic’s “horn injury” to be musical instrument–related and Nic uses the colloquialism “hoofing it” literally when describing a race to Connie. The silliness stems from the dramatic misunderstandings behind it all, and despite this work’s light tone, Funk manages to capture the scope of school-aged life. While this follow-up to Funk’s Dear Dragon would easily anchor an elementary classroom writing activity or two, its appeal may not extend to preschool unicorn fans due to its format and illustrations. Santoso’s digital artwork lacks the amplified cute factor of other popular standouts in the unicorn genre: Uni the Unicorn, Not Quite Narwhal, and Unicorn (And Horse).
VERDICT Funk’s fantastical pen pal mix-up will draw in older readers looking for a relatable story with magical vibes. A recommended purchase.

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