Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great by Bob Shea
Goat is disgruntled. Everything was going just fine and then Unicorn came along. Goat rides his bike proudly until Unicorn actually flies by. Goat brought treats for the class and then Unicorn made it rain cupcakes. Goat was doing great at the dance but Unicorn won first prize. Goat does some simple magic coin tricks and Unicorn turns things to gold. It just is not fair. So Goat is not ready for Unicorn to come up to him when he’s having lunch and talk about how much he loves goat cheese, how he adores cloven hooves, and how jealous he is of Goat’s curved horns. The book ends with the two deciding to be friends and imagining what they would look like as a superhero team.
Shea always does comedic writing very nicely with a great sense of timing and books that are ideal for reading aloud thanks to the strong character voices. Here Goat steals the show despite Unicorn’s more flashy attitude. His dour attitude is nicely enlivened with humor and his own wry take on life.
Shea’s art is done in his signature simple yet rather zany style. Unicorn’s magical traits are portrayed in a flashy, wild way that makes them all the more funny and impressive. With only a few lines, the mood of both Unicorn and Goat are clearly shown.
Funny and wild, this book proves that the cupcake is always fresher on the other side of the rainbow. Appropriate for ages 3-5.
Reviewed from library copy.