My School Unicorn

Willow Evans, illus. by Tom Knight. Silver Dolphin, $12.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-64517-730-2
In Evans’s fantastical twist on the new-school narrative, Evie, a Black child with round cerulean spectacles, feels “wobbly” about starting elementary school, despite her love of preschool. That is, until her father brings her to Madame Lexi’s Uniform Emporium, an inviting corner store. In addition to the school uniform, pale-skinned Madame Lexi knows Evie needs an extra push for the “BIG adventure” that is school—and so gifts Lexi a pocket-size pink unicorn named Bobby, who calms Evie’s wobbly feelings and instills her with courage. Knight’s friendly digital art features a round-eyed, expressive cast against detailed, vibrantly colored backdrops. Evie’s dependency on Bobby perhaps weakens the message of empowerment, but this encouraging book may still inspire nervous children to seek support talismans. Back matter includes a tutorial for how to make a school unicorn. Ages 3–5. (June)
Reviewed on : 06/24/2021
Release date: 06/01/2021
Genre: Children's
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