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This is Not a Unicorn

Authored by Barry Timms
Illustrated by Ged Adamson
Published by Nosy Crow

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When a child is introduced to a new animal, fun times and friendship begin. This animal may look like a unicorn, but it is something altogether more versatile!  Its magical horn allows it to transform into numerous quirky things: a tune-icorn (with a trumpet in place of a horn); a triple-pancake flip-icorn (the horn becomes a frying pan) and a make-your-garden-bloom-icorn (water flows from a watering can on its head to make the flowers grow) are but a few examples. We are invited to travel with the child and the not-a-unicorn as they adventure into space, through a jungle and into a fairytale land. In the end we find out that the animal is in fact a perfect-friend-for-you-nicorn or just you-nicorn for short!

The amusing wordplay, rhyme and bouncy rhythm will make This is Not a Unicorn a text that children will want to join in with and return to. They might even create their own -icorns! The illustrations are bright, engaging and offer extra humour when the transformations don’t always go to plan.

If you’re looking for a fun read aloud for children aged 4-6 years, then this cheery, feel-good text is for you!

Shortlisted for the Laugh Out Loud Book Awards 2023 Poetry Category