I recently read A Unicorn Named Sparkle by Amy Young and it seriously gave me a case of the giggles.
I mean, it’s a story about a little girl who orders a unicorn for 25 cents from an ad in the back of a magazine (whoever tells you that’s not a dream come true is lying), but what shows up is a goat with an ice cream cone stuck to his forehead.
How can you not love this premise?
It’s a delightful picture book that my children found to be fun and silly. The illustrations are bright and colorful and … sparkly.
Lucy’s wild hair and polka dot shirt are painted with soft watercolors and dance across pages of wide white spreads, and the baby unicorn/goat practically dances right into your heart with his own little heart-shaped cutie mark.
Now, when Lucy imagines what kind of unicorn will be delivered to her, she pictures something perfect and pretty with a flowing mane and impeccable manners. When the goat arrives, with his scruffy mane and tendency-to-eat-things manners, she decides to return him.
The truck arrives to take him back, but, luckily, Lucy realizes her mistake before it’s too late.
Because although he was not quite what she expected, “she had to admit: sometimes he made her smile and sometimes he made her laugh.” And while friends might not always be perfect, they are certainly precious.
So if you or your kids love unicorns (or goats), check out A Unicorn Named Sparkle for a fun and charming story!