Unicorn Day by Diana Murray; illustrated by Luke Flowers. 2019. Sketched and painted in Photoshop. Published by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky.
Brief summary: There is a big unicorn party celebrating Unicorn Day where there are only three rules to follow: show off your horn, fluff up your hair, and have fun. All the unicorns are dancing and singing and having fun in ways that one would think a unicorn would. Cupcakes and glitter are everywhere. In the middle of all of the celebrating, one of the party attendees turns out to be a fake. The party momentarily stops until the unicorns decide what to do.
Comments: I can imagine this book going out so much in a library that multiple copies will be needed. The illustrations are large and colorful. The end pages are covered in cupcakes. A very silly and frivolous book.
What a fun book to read on April 9th–Unicorn Day.
Tony by Ed Galing; illustrated by Erin E. Stead. 2017. Gomuban monoprinting and pencil. Published by Roaring Brook Press.
Brief summary: In Ed Galing’s poem, a boy tells all about Tony, a gentle white horse he sees each morning during a time when dairy products were delivered to one’s door.
Comments: I imagined this little boy waking up each school day and seeing and hearing Tony walking through the neighborhood. This short and gentle poem is illustrated with soft pencils. There are shadings of grays and greens with yellow colors added towards the end of the book representing dawn. Illustrator Erin E. Stead did a superb job of creating the illustrations with the same spirit and touching gentleness of the poem. This is a beautiful tribute to a neighborhood working horse. One can imagine how seeing this equine friend every morning impacted the child.
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