When Lucy sees an ad in the newspaper for a unicorn, she sends in her twenty-five cents and waits four to six long weeks for her very own unicorn to arrive. She imagines the flowers that she’ll braid into his beautiful pink mane, and she even picks the perfect name for him: Sparkle. But when Sparkle arrives, his ears are too long, his horn is too short, he smells funny—and oh, he has fleas. Lucy isn’t pleased, but in the end she warms up to Sparkle and realizes that even though he wasn’t exactly the unicorn she wanted, he might be just the one she needs.
Sparkle the Unicorn is not your average unicorn, and that’s what makes this story so fun. Sometimes love grows over time, and something that doesn’t initially seem like what you wanted grows on you.
Amy L. Young grew up just outside Boston, Massachusetts. She was educated at Yale (BA), Indiana University (MFA in painting) and Harvard Law School. She practiced law in Grand Rapids, Michigan for seven years before she realized that she could not live without doing art full time. She has been happily writing and illustrating ever since. Amy has created somewhere around fourteen picture books, including her most recent series, A UNICORN NAMED SPARKLE (Farrar Straus Giroux). Other books include THE MUD FAIRY (Bloomsbury USA), DON’T EAT THE BABY! (Viking), and BELINDA THE BALLERINA (Viking). Amy’s books have been praised by the New York Times, Kirkus Review, School Library Journal, and have also received many honors and awards.