Unicorn is a unicorn. And Horse is, well . . . not.
Horse is brown. Horse is plain. And Horse can'tstand the unicorn he shares a pen with. Unicorn dances. Tra la la!Horse does not. Blah blah blah.But when robbers kidnap Unicorn for a local circus, what will Horse decide to do? Packed with forty-eight pages of hilarious illustrations and deadpan wit, Unicorn (and Horse)is a funny yet endearing lesson on envy with one important truth: We are sometimes unicorns. We are sometimes horses. And happiness doesn't always come from pink cupcakes for breakfast.
|Product dimensions:||8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.45(d)|
|Age Range:||5 - 8 Years|
About the Author
David Miles makes books for a living. He also reads books, writes books, sells books, shelves books, thinks about books, drives to books, sleeps to books, and cooks from books, but he doesn't eat books (which is fortunate). He is the author of Book and has illustrated multiple series including the Slide-N-Seek novelty books and the Let's Count regional board books. David graduated from Brigham Young University with a BS in business management. He and his wife and son live in California where they enjoy lots of tacos, donuts, and, well . . . books.
Hollie Mengert is an illustrator and animator living in Seattle. She loves drawing animals, making people smile with her work, and spending time with her amazingly supportive family and friends.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I giggled a little when I opened the box and saw this book cover staring at me. Unicorn (And Horse) is a new children's book by David Miles and illustrated by Hollie Mengert. The most enjoyable part of the book for me was the illustrations. They showed the contrast between Horse and Unicorn's looks, and the contrast between their personalities and lives, amazingly well. My little boys, who are five and seven, of course, liked Horse better, probably because it wouldn't be manly to like Unicorn, even though, ironically, he was a boy. My oldest son, Casey, who is 13, said it was a really funny and sweet book. He could appreciate not only the illustrations, but also the story. David Miles starts the book by comparing Unicorn and Horse in very funny ways. You can't help but laugh as they couldn't be more opposite. You learn pretty quickly that Horse is quite jealous of Unicorn, whom everyone loves. One night, Horse has to make a choice to help Unicorn, who has been kidnapped, or do nothing and not have to live in his shadow anymore. After thinking, and thinking, and thinking, he decides to rescue Unicorn and the they become best buddies, who share the different aspects of their lives with each other, becoming more well-rounded as a result. For me, there was a missed opportunity when Horse was thinking. I would have liked to see a page or two of what he was thinking about, and what ultimately led him to look beyond his jealousy and save Unicorn. It was very clear to me when I read it the first time that that was a plot hole. Overall, though, it was a very cute book that teaches that everyone has good qualities, and you can be friends even with someone who is the seeming opposite of you. Check it out! Girls and boys alike will love it.
Unicorn and horse may share a pen but they do not share a personality. Unicorn is a dancing, prancing, cheery unicorn who eats pink cupcakes for every meal. Horse is not. Horse has the funniest surly, snarky attitude and is secretly jealous of unicorn, with all of his friends and rainbow farts. Yes, this unicorn farts rainbows!!! All is normal, with unicorn happy and horse not. Then unicorn is kidnapped by a couple of thieves wearing convict stripes and Zorro masks. Uh oh! Will horse save the day or will he enjoy having the pen to himself? The illustrations are sweet, colourful and quirky. There aren’t a great deal of words in this book but the illustrations more than make up for it, bringing all of the emotions of the characters to life. Besides our chipper unicorn and cranky horse, we also meet some mice, squirrels, a bird, a fox and a turtle, who are all just gorgeous. I’m not going to tell you that my favourite illustration is of the unicorn farting rainbows because that would be too obvious. Instead I’ll tell you my favourites of the two main characters. I love horse standing under the dark cloud with rain dripping off him and a soaked flower crown hanging around his neck. I adore the pink cupcake picnic with unicorn, fox, two squirrels and two mice together on a pink picnic rug, unicorn regally offering a cupcake to horse in one of his hooves. The fox is sitting behind unicorn with a cupcake in paw and its tongue is sticking out. I probably found this story funnier than I should have but between the rainbow farts and horse’s expressions, this was right up my alley! Ultimately it’s a lovely story about friendship and how isolated envy can make you. At the end of the day there’s always going to be enough rainbow farts and pink cupcakes to go around.