Very Last Unicorn

Very Last Unicorn

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by Marita Conlon-Mckenna, Chris Coady

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Elizabeth McAllister
Sam first saw the unicorn on a cold, snowy day. When he approached the mystical beast, the unicorn spoke. Sam tries to help the unicorn find a safe home. The surprise solution is simply breathtaking. A beautifully illustrated fantasy book.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-One snowy morning, Sam finds himself face to face with ``...the very last unicorn in the world'' who claims to be in need of a home. Sam takes him to the zoo, but he doesn't want to stay where he would have to live in a cage. Sam then takes him to the circus, but apparently life on the road does not appeal to him either. Finally, Sam takes him to the mountains. There the creature joins a herd of wild ponies, and they become unicorns, too. The unicorn seems to be either somewhat whiny or excessively haughty. His repetitious rejection of each suggestion from the helpful boy is a sniffy, ``I am the one and only, the very last unicorn in the world.'' Since this is the only answer given to each turndown, readers are left rereading to make sure they didn't miss something. The illustrations successfully convey a sense of fantasy in greeting-card colors, starbursts, and skewed perspectives. However, Coady's art, which was powerfully rich with mysterious complexity in Red Riding Hood (Dutton, 1992), is disappointing here. In contrast to Marianna Mayer's The Unicorn and the Lake (Dial, 1982), in which the creature is depicted with touching majesty, Coady's mythical beast, while pretty, is unaffecting. In this scant tale, readers may ultimately be uninvolved with the unicorn's survival.-Kate McClelland, Perrot Memorial Library, Greenwich, CT

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Little, Brown and Company
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Edition description:
1st U.S. ed
Product dimensions:
10.60(w) x 8.68(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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Very Last Unicorn 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most delightful books I have ever read!! My daughter is now 8 and we still love to read it together. It is a stunningly powerful, and deeply moving story of 'the very last unicorn' and his quest for a place to feel safe. The illustrations are subtle and beautifully done. I would love to see it back in print.