Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great by Bob Shea

unicorn thinks hes pretty great

Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great
Bob Shea
Disney Hyperion Books, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-4231-5952-0
FORMAT: Picture Book
AGES: Preschool
4 Stars

Goat is grumpy. Mostly because when he tries to do various things nothing turns out as neat as what Unicorn is doing. For example, if Goat rides his bike to school (which he thought was “pretty cool”) Unicorn flies to school. When Goat wants to impress everyone with some magic tricks Unicorn goes around and starts turning everything to gold. Goat is frustrated and thinks that “Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great.” So Goat decides to ignore him and eat a pizza with goat cheese on it. Unicorn comes over and can’t resist “that heavenly smell” of Goat’s pizza. Once the two animals start talking, Goat realizes that Unicorn’s life isn’t quite so perfect after all (Unicorn doesn’t have cloven hooves, isn’t good at playing soccer, etc.) So Goat starts to rethink his opinion of Unicorn…and perhaps they could be friends. Perhaps they could even team up. Or perhaps they can just play together and be friends.

This is a fun story about perceptions and friendship. But it is done in such a way that kids (especially those who like rainbows and sparkles) will love reading it over and over again. The illustrations are fun. The main bodies of each character are a shape of color and then extras like arms, legs, or hooves are all drawn with a black line. Then there are all the great rainbow colors that are all over the book (because Unicorn has a thing for always having loads of colors around). And I have to laugh that the other friends (the ones that Goat is sure like Unicorn better than him) are a cat, a dog, some sort of hamster-like animal, a piece of toast, and an apple or orange type of fruit. Which is just funny…especially when the toast is playing goalie at the soccer game. Seriously, even if parents aren’t into the colors and sparkles of a Unicorn, they will enjoy this book with all the subtle details that are just plain funny. Once again, I love what Bob Shea has created. And I am not surprised.

What to do after reading this book:
Draw and color a rainbow.
Write a list of what you are good at doing. Do some of the things on your list.
Think about what some of the things your friends are good at doing. Do some of those things with your friends.
Go to a farm and visit some goats.
Create a paper horn and tie it to your head. Pretend you are a unicorn. Make two horns and be a goat.
Make a pizza (with goat cheese if you would like).

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