When Lucy sees an ad in the newspaper for a unicorn, she sends in her twenty-five cents and waits four to six long weeks for her very own unicorn to arrive. She imagines the flowers that she'll braid into his beautiful pink mane, and she even picks the perfect name for him: Sparkle. But when Sparkle arrives, his ears are too long, his horn is too short, he smells funny — and oh, he has fleas. Lucy isn't pleased, but in the end she warms up to Sparkle and realizes that even though he wasn't exactly the unicorn she wanted, he might be just the one she needs.
Kids will laugh at Sparkle's antics and feel for him when Lucy begins to question if he's really the unicorn for her — and cheer when she realizes that the make a perfect pair. This charming, tongue-in-cheek story is sure to be a favorite.
"Children will laugh at Sparkle's naughty antics but also root for him to win Lucy over, feel heartbroken when she initially chooses to return Sparkle, and cheer when the two are reunited at the end. This is a humorous and charming story about managing unrealistic expectations, choosing a pet, and acting responsibly.... The last page, in which a smiling Lucy declares, 'Welcome Home!' and embraces a visibly happy Sparkle, is the perfect endnote." — Laura J. Giunta, School Library Journal
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|Jul 5, 2016
|Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)