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Author: Shea, Bob
Illustrator: Shea, Bob
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Year Published: 2013
ISBN: 978-1-423-15952-0
Grades: Grade 1, Grade 2, Kindergarten

Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great

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Goat thinks he’s pretty cool. He can ride a bike, make marshmallow squares (sort of) and can do a pretty good magic trick (as long as you don’t look to closely). That was before Unicorn moved in. Unicorn can FLY. He can make it RAIN cupcakes! He can even turn stuff into GOLD! Goat just can’t compete. He stomps off and decides to eat his goat cheese pizza all alone, thankyouverymuch. Unicorn comes by and notices the wonderful smell of goat cheese pizza. Tired of eating rainbows and glitter, he tries it and decided it is ‘fan-tas-tic’. Soon Unicorn notices lots of things about Goat that are pretty cool: he makes cheese, he has cloven hooves, and he has the perfect horns for soccer. _x000D_
Shea takes the demon of jealousy that we all feel when we compare ourselves against others and puts it into a tale that will reach young readers. His language is accessible, with wording that connects readers to Goat’s dilemma. Shea’s illustrations show Goat’s ordinariness, colouring him in duller hues with simple typewritten dialogue, while Unicorn is always surrounded by rainbows and stars and multicoloured text. A perfect example of how we all feel when a new star comes to town, yet gently leading us to realize that each of us has our own talents.

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