cover image Dear Unicorn

Dear Unicorn

Josh Funk, illus. by Charles Santoso. Viking, $18.99 (40p) ISBN 978-0-593-20694-2

Funk introduces a pair of unknowingly interspecies pen pals in this comic companion to Dear Dragon. Pale-skinned Connie is a human with purple-tipped pigtails; bright pink Nic is a unicorn with a fluffy purple mane. The assignment’s exchanges of art and letters reveal Connie to be a detail-oriented artist who vents about nearly everything. Nic, on the other hand, sticks with cheery graphics and remains unfailingly upbeat (about Connie’s team losing a soccer championship: “Wow! You made the championship! And almost won?”). The two eventually bond, and when they finally meet, each one’s surprise at the other’s form is quickly supplanted by the joy of collaboration. Digital artwork by Santoso works myriad similarities into stylistically different worlds as the creators show with a light touch two seemingly different individuals learning a relationship’s give-and-take. Human characters are shown with various skin tones. Ages 4–8. (Sept.)