Kitty thinks she might be a unicorn.
She feels so perfectly unicorn-y! “Neigh!” says Kitty.
But when Unicorn clop clop clops over, sweeping his magnificent tail and neighing a mighty neigh, Kitty feels no bigger than a ball of lint.
Can this unlikely pair embrace who they are, and truly see one another?
In their first picture book together, the magical, bestselling team of Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham put their horns together for the most heart-bursting, tail-twitching, fuzzy-feeling, perfectly unicorn-y story imaginable.
I've loved Pham's illustrations ever since they appeared in Snyder's 2009 Any Which Wall, and her Princess in Black collaboration is also wonderful. Princess in Black addresses similar issues of identity, always with a strong, positive spin. It's good to see that even though Gecko and Parakeet don't help at first, they do come around.
There is a lot of white space on the pages; the characters float in it, without any background. This makes the characters really pop, and Kitty's vibrant pinkitude will appeal to readers who love that color. Unicorn's purple mane works well with this, and the text incorporates the colors as well.
There are just not enough unicorn books around; I'm a huge fan of Simpson's Phoebe and Her Unicorn series, and I've picked up any number of picture books, including one I swear had BUNNYcorns, but which I cannot remember. Fans of Rosenthal's Uni the Unicorn, Blaby's Thelma the Unicorn, and Murray's Unicorn Day will appreciate Kitty bringing unicorn happiness to the youngest of readers.