You Don’t Want A Unicorn! (Ame Dyckman)

Hello, friends! Today’s book is You Don’t Want A Unicorn!, written by Ame Dyckman and illustrated by Liz Climo, a delightfully silly cautionary tale about the unexpected difficulties and dangers of having a unicorn for a pet.

What are you doing at that wishing well? Oh no, don’t – oh, now you’ve gone and done it. You wished for a pet unicorn, didn’t you? That was a mistake! Unicorns may seem like cool pets, and sure, they might be fun at first (okay, okay, they’re AWESOME at first), but just you wait. Soon you’ll have to deal with all the untold frustrations of a pet unicorn: the scratching, the chewing, the jumping, the burping, and lots and LOTS of damage. And just when you think you’ve got a handle on the tricky business of unicorn ownership, get ready for when your unicorn decides he’s lonely – and conjures up some friends!

What a wonderfully silly story! Between the hilariously exasperated tone of the narrator to the colorful and absurd illustrations of the little boy and his troublesome pet, this was a bunch of fun cover to cover. I liked that they shook up the gender norm a bit and had a boy who was fanatical about unicorns (right up until the unicorn party destroys his house), and JJ and I both loved the absurdly dramatic and fun-to-read text, as well as the rainbow-rific art. The length was great, and JJ had a blast. This one will put a smile on anyone’s face, unicorn-lover or not. Baby Bookworm approved!

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