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I am shocked by the good reviews. This book is written with a tone that I hope my daughter never picks up. The characters are rude, bratty, and disrespectful to each other. Any 'lesson' is lost in the awful dialogue that is clearly based on stereotypes of kids and teens. Kids are capable of speaking respectfully to each other and validating each other's feelings. Language like "go home, unicorn" or calling each other "stupid" and "annoying" without discussing the actual conflict aren't the problem-solving examples I want to be modelled for my kids. Just no.
Our first Bob Shea book was "I'm a Shark", which someone gave us as a gift. My kids love it and adults laugh when they ready it. We usually give the shark a smarmy kind of voice, which makes it even funnier. "Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great" is just as funny. If a book has a line in it that says "I can only eat glitter and rainbows, darn my sensitive stomach.", you know it's going to be good. And again, you can pull of really funny voices with the characters in this one. There is a moral hidden in it, but it's hidden in with all the colorful pictures and funny lines, but kids get it. This book is now on my gift list for other kiddos.
I have to say that I do love the artwork and illustrations in this book, but as a Mother to 3 young children I am dissapointed in a few of the phrases in the book to the point that I may return it. "Dopey Unicorn!" and "stupid regular hooves" In this day & age where anti-bullying is being taught at such young levels, I was surprised to find these phrases in the book. Sure, if you read the context its not so bad, but my children cannot discern that in the book. They know they aren't nice and then dwell on it. Yes, my kids have heard these words before, but not in my house. Maybe I am over thinking this point, but it is really not necessary... couldn't he have come up with other phrases. The artwork is beautiful. Ugh... what to do.
This book is very clever and a nice little friendship story. However, it is mainly dialogue between the characters--and as a parent who is not great at dramatic readings and "doing voices," it's not my favorite book to read. Nonetheless, the lesson is cute, the pictures are fun, and the writing is clever. You just might need to fill in some of the missing information about what's happening for a younger child. Mine are 4-1/2 and almost 3.
Fun for adults and kids to read. Great message about everyone having their own gifts and strengths and learning to be proud of them and support others whose gifts might be different than yours. Good lesson in envy.
I think most 5/6 year-olds can relate to the messages about friendship, delivered in a very funny way, in this book. It took us a long time to realize that at one point in the story, Unicorn uses his horn to catch a bad guy buy giving him a wedgie. Just like 1st graders, the goat and the unicorn swing from insecurity about their skills to friendship in the space of the 10 minutes it takes to read this delightful story. My daughter knows it by heart.
My daughter is a 2nd grader and the library teacher read the class this book and somehow also had audible along side it. My daughter kept drawing pictures trying to remember sceans from the book. We found a song on YouTube also. Her birthday is right next to Christmas so I ordered from Amazon. She was so surprised and so happy to unwrap this book!!! Kid you not, read the book before opening up her toy packages. While reading, she laughs. So cute!