I’m a Unicorn

Candlewick. Sept. 2022. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781536219760.
K-Gr 2–Gr K-2 The narrator of this book makes an adorable entrance through the initial pages: first its horn, then its ears, then the top of its head before declaring “I’m a unicorn.” But are they? While they have one horn, the rest of their features are decidedly bovine. Our poor narrator is thrown into a tailspin as they read a book about unicorns and realize they lack many of their typical features. However, a passing pair of unicorns declares that they can be a unicorn because they have one horn. The identity crisis is neatly settled. Yoon’s artwork is vibrant and expressive. Her small protagonist may not be as sparkly as the other elegant unicorns, but they are chock full of personality. The traditional unicorns are sleek and beautifully posed. There are no backgrounds. The white space allows the reader to focus on the emotions of the large character illustrations.
VERDICT While this book has all the tropes present in numerous unicorn books, the theme of personal identity may be enough to differentiate it from other titles in a large collection.

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