Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Trust Me! You Don't Want a Unicorn! by Ame Dyckman

It's a wishing fountain in the park! A chubby boy in an I LOVE UNICORNS tee-shirt and a silver coin in hand is thinking about what wish to make... when....


You were going to wish for a unicorn, weren't you?

Wishing for a unicorn is a BIG mistake!

But.... unicorns are sweet! What could possibly go wrong?

Plenty! The former unicorn owner offers to tell all.

Where to begin?

Well, they shed--worse than a pampered Pekinese in a tropical storm! And those rarified pointed horns? Well, unicorns have a yen to keep them sharp by punching holes in the walls and ripping up the furniture!

And as for house training? Forget it! You may at first be pleased to find piles of pink cupcakes in the corners--that is, until you find out what they REALLY are. Yep! You're right. You'll need a shovel.

Oh, and one warning! Unicorns are not solitary pets. They prefer to PARTY HEARTY with their peers. And what happens when they do?

You have unleashed the most destructive force in the universe!

And that's just the beginning of the mythical mayhem in Ame Dyckman's latest, You Don't Want a Unicorn! (Little, Brown and Company, 2017). Yep, it's another of those "Be careful what you wish for" cautionary tales, told in the wry and weary tone of a kid who's been there and done that. Artist Liz Climo's skilled comic hand is evident in her illustrations of the downside of owning a magical creature, with a touch of hyperbole, plenty of sight gags, and pinkish POOFS which leave a trail of dreadful disaster behind. And although unicorns make imperfect pets, they are not the worst!

There's something else that's MUCH WORSE.....!

"STOP! You don't want want one of THOSE! Trust me...."


What POOFS up next? Spoiler alert! What's worse may be the subject of Ame Dyckman and Liz Climo's next anti--mythical pet tale. Other curious critter books by this talented two include Dyckman's Wolfie the Bunny or Liz Climo's Rory the Dinosaur Wants a Pet.

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