Book Review: A Unicorn Named Sparkle

Book Review: A Unicorn Named Sparkle

Pages a bookstore, Book Review, Children's Literature, UnicornsThis month {pages} a bookstore is excited to introduce parents and young readers to A Unicorn Named Sparkle. This comical tale of a determined girl named Lucy and her newly acquired unicorn, Sparkle is the latest from author and illustrator Amy Young. Known for her popular Belinda Ballerina Series, Young is a trained fine artist who uses her talents to create a seemingly simple and delightful picture book that is layered with subtle wit and life lessons.

“The ad said ‘Unicorn, 25 cents.’” Instantly, empathy takes hold of the reader as Lucy is shown skipping to the mailbox with money in hand. (Parents will surely remember how it felt as youthful excitement was shattered by the reality of a mail-order purchase.) Lucy passes the days dreaming of her unicorn’s blue coat and pink tail, making plans for an epic show-and-tell, and picking the perfect name, SPARKLE! Finally a crate arrives for Lucy, but it seems her unicorn is less rainbows and more… barnyard. Lucy tries to manage her expectations, but her short, stinky and disappointing acquaintance finally goes too far. Just at the moment all hope is lost for this mismatched pair, an opportunity for compassion allows Lucy to see her unicorn in a new light and finally realize how Sparkle’s spirit truly shines.

For unicorn lovers past and present, this book will be an instant favorite with a magical mix of humor, charming illustrations and touching moments. Published by Farrar Straus Giroux (Macmillan), A Unicorn Named Sparkle is available at {pages} on July 7th. For pre-orders and to purchase online visit

Guest Writer-{pages} a bookstore
{pages} is located in downtown Manhattan Beach, one block from the Strand is your full-service independent bookstore. Beautifully curated with a broad selection of fiction and non-fiction best-sellers, children’s cooking, great surf section and more. The staff is ultra-friendly and knowledgeable. Story times, book clubs, frequent author events can be found on their website at or connect with them on Facebook. Make it a day and walk the Strand, enjoy lunch and stop in at {pages}!

Authored by: Cindy Donnelly

Cindy has worked for What's Up for Kids for over 19 years and is thrilled to take over as owner/publisher. She loves helping South Bay parents connect with resources and working with camps, schools and other businesses to get the word out about their quality programs and services for families. For marketing information you can contact her at

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