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Unicorn is maybe not so great after all / Bob Shea.

Shea, Bob, author, illustrator. (Author).
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Available copies

  • 1 of 3 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 1 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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0 current holds with 3 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Lake Park LINK Site E S (Text) 33500013093398 New Available -
McIntosh Public Library E S (Text) 33500013093380 New Checked out 10/08/2019
Thief River Falls Public Library e SHE (Text) 35500006187916 New Checked out 09/19/2019

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781368009447
  • ISBN: 1368009441
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: Los Angeles ; Disney-Hyperion, 2019.

Content descriptions

Summary, etc.: Concerned about losing friends during the first week of school, Unicorn upgrades his fabulousness.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 May #1
    *Starred Review* In this follow-up to Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great (2013), it's back-to-school time and Unicorn's ready to be noticed. However, his classmates, even his pal Goat, are more interested in a new fad, rubber bands in unusual shapes, leaving Unicorn feeling like an un-awesome "yawn-icorn." Determined to regain the spotlight, he returns the next day with a "sassy new look and cheery, whimsical attitude." But whether he's blithely throwing glitter, disrupting lunchtime by turning a classmate's sandwich into gold, or appointing himself halftime performer for the school's soccer match, his self-centered behavior irritates everyone, who tell Unicorn to go home. However, with unexpected help and perspective, Unicorn discovers what makes him feel truly awesome. Shea's vibrant, energetic illustrations, jam-packed with scribbles and doodles, are just the right match for Unicorn's over-the-top plan (not content with "making it rain cupcakes," Unicorn ups the ante with "full-size, flaming birthday cakes"—to his classmates' dismay). Comical background details, such as a montage of students finding shapes in rubber bands ("A bicycle tire!" "A porthole! Porthole, porthole. Another porthole!" "A doughnut!"), add even more laughs. Text formatting, sound effects, and some meta humor lend further peppiness. The busy layouts and numerous visual asides and commentary are perfectly in keeping with the frenetic pace. This uproarious, entertaining look at attention, self-esteem, and being a good friend is sure to find an enthusiastic audience. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Shea's no stranger to the best-seller lists, and his fans will be eager for this one, too. Grades K-2. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Bob Shea ( is the author-illustrator of UNICORN THINKS HE'S PRETTY GREAT, the Dinosaur vs. series, three books about Ballet Cat, and several other picture books, including THE HAPPIEST BOOK EVER and THE SCARIEST BOOK EVER. He lives and works in Madison, Connecticut.

Subject: Unicorns > Fiction.
First day of school > Fiction.
Friendship > Fiction.

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