Unicorn is a unicorn. And Horse is, well . . . not. Horse is brown. Horse is plain. And Horse can’t stand the unicorn he shares a pen with. Unicorn dances. Tra la la! Horse does not. Blah blah blah. But when robbers kidnap Unicorn for a local circus, what will Horse decide to do? Packed with forty-eight pages of hilarious illustrations and deadpan wit, Unicorn (and Horse) is a funny yet endearing lesson on envy with one important truth: We are sometimes unicorns. We are sometimes horses. And happiness doesn’t always come from pink cupcakes for breakfast.
I really, REALLY wanted to like this book, because 1) the cover is amazing (and truly, all the illustrations are gorgeous!), 2) I think Familius (the publisher) does a great job in general and 3) unicorns are currently so trendy… but it fell a little flat for me. There are lots of layers of messaging about friendship in this book which is nice, the primary one seeming to be that putting aside our jealousy of those that seem perfect and popular might actually result in lasting friendships with said people.
This book has a nice message about jealousy and friendship, and I love that the horse used his talents to help Unicorn. The story wasn’t my favorite, but the thing I really didn’t like was the potty humor—I struggle to like any book that includes that. The illustrations are beautiful, though!
David grew up in rural Pennsylvania. He attended Brigham Young University where he pursued a degree in Business Management. But through all the classes on cash flows and price elasticities, David was still in love with art. He worked several years as a graphic designer and published his first children’s book at age 19. David also took two years off school to serve a church mission to Thailand, which was probably the most formative experience of his life.
David graduated in business from BYU in 2013 and joined Familius as a partner. He works as Creative Director and also oversees all digital initiatives for the company. He lives in California with his wife and son.
Hollie Mengert graduated college with a BFA in Design and Animation - a career path she gravitated toward after years of drawing and finding never-ending inspiration in illustrated stories and animated films.
Now working as a kidlit illustrator, character designer, and game industry animator, she is thrilled to call this passion her career. Hollie has had the opportunity to work on children’s books, games, comics, and more - she loves any opportunity to help tell a story or bring a smile with her artwork.
When not diving into a new illustration, Hollie can be found looking for the perfect cup of coffee in Seattle’s rainy weather.