Unicorn Is Maybe Not So Great After All
You remember Unicorn. You know, Goat's friend? The one who can fly, make it rain cupcakes, and turn things into gold? On the first day of school, Unicorn expects to make his usual big splash. But no one pays him much attention--the other kids are much more interested in the latest trend in toys: rubber bands that look like other things. Unicorn comes up with a plan to get his mojo back, but his efforts turn out to be more annoying than impressive. Can Goat help him recover his magic, or is Unicorn destined to a life of mediocrity?

Unicorn Is Maybe Not So Great After All Details

TitleUnicorn Is Maybe Not So Great After All
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 9th, 2019
PublisherDisney-Hyperion
ISBN-139781368009447
Rating
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Fantasy, Unicorns, Academic, School, Animals

Unicorn Is Maybe Not So Great After All Review

  • Mischenko
    January 1, 1970
    Beautiful illustrations, but the story is all over the place and confusing. I normally don't rate children's books this low, but this is one neither my daughter or I enjoyed. Give it a try and see what you think.
  • Ireadkidsbooks
    January 1, 1970
    This was a hot mess. The only thing I liked about this follow-up was the end papers (they'd be adorable as wrapping paper). And the spread where Unicorn has big bags under his eyes, because that's how I feel most days.The first book was so good, but this was visually cluttered and frenetic. Skip it.
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  • Melissa Flanagin
    January 1, 1970
    It's not surprising to me that I enjoyed this. Number 1 reason being I LOVED the first one Unicorn Think's He's Pretty Great and number 2 I just love everything Bob Shea writes. They are some of the best picture books today. They are always my go to books for story times. The pictures I so vibrate and eye catching and the story line is always clever and fun and keep the kids rolling on the floor laughing.
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  • Ashton
    January 1, 1970
    Blast to the Past with SILLY BANDS!
  • Erin Gunderson
    January 1, 1970
    Bob Shea books are usually a solid for me, but this one was a real disappointment, especially compared to Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great whihc is one of my all time favorites. There are too few unicorn books that have a good story, aren't too wordy, and make good read-alouds for preschoolers. For me, I thought the story in Unicorn Is Maybe Not So Great After All was lacking some of charm of the first book. Perhaps part of that is because goat is my favorite character and there wasn't much of h Bob Shea books are usually a solid for me, but this one was a real disappointment, especially compared to Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great whihc is one of my all time favorites. There are too few unicorn books that have a good story, aren't too wordy, and make good read-alouds for preschoolers. For me, I thought the story in Unicorn Is Maybe Not So Great After All was lacking some of charm of the first book. Perhaps part of that is because goat is my favorite character and there wasn't much of him or his sarcastic wit in this book. The pages were also just too busy with too much going on to be effective reading to a large group during a preschool storytime.
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  • Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
    January 1, 1970
    Unicorn: Is Maybe Not So Great After All by Bob Shea. PICTURE BOOK. Disney, JULY 2019. $18. 9781368009447BUYING ADVISORY: Pre-K, EL (K-3) - ESSENTIALAUDIENCE APPEAL: HIGHWhen the kids at school get distracted by a new toy, Unicorn decides to be extra-sparkly-magical to get their attention back. Unfortunately it backfires.Unicorn is super silly and also irritating in this long-awaited follow-up. Makes for a great read aloud and a possible discussion about the things that we do to get each other’s Unicorn: Is Maybe Not So Great After All by Bob Shea. PICTURE BOOK. Disney, JULY 2019. $18. 9781368009447BUYING ADVISORY: Pre-K, EL (K-3) - ESSENTIALAUDIENCE APPEAL: HIGHWhen the kids at school get distracted by a new toy, Unicorn decides to be extra-sparkly-magical to get their attention back. Unfortunately it backfires.Unicorn is super silly and also irritating in this long-awaited follow-up. Makes for a great read aloud and a possible discussion about the things that we do to get each other’s attention which turn out to be just plain annoying. Cindy, Middle School Librarian, MLShttps://kissthebookjr.blogspot.com/20...
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  • Raven Black
    January 1, 1970
    Not sure how this compares to the first one as I have not read it. This time Unicorn is jealous of the new "hot thing" (rubber bands looking like other things: a soccer ball, wagon wheel, port holes...) and tries to make a new an improved Unicorn. Of course, the plan backfires with a face full of glitter. But Unicorn's friends show them what really is important. The abstractness of the illustrations are awkward for me, but there are a few hidden gems (like who the famous author who is coming to Not sure how this compares to the first one as I have not read it. This time Unicorn is jealous of the new "hot thing" (rubber bands looking like other things: a soccer ball, wagon wheel, port holes...) and tries to make a new an improved Unicorn. Of course, the plan backfires with a face full of glitter. But Unicorn's friends show them what really is important. The abstractness of the illustrations are awkward for me, but there are a few hidden gems (like who the famous author who is coming to school will be)>
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  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    A book about trying too hard. It is the first day of school and Unicorn wants everyone to notice him. Things go south when everyone is far more interested in rubber bands in the shape of other things (ah, I remember those days. That fad lasted sooooo long). So Unicorn decides to make a nuisance of himself to gain everyone's attention and affection to the dismay of his friend goat. He gets a rainbow wig, hair extensions, and even Go-go boots. In the end, Unicorn finds that his friends still like A book about trying too hard. It is the first day of school and Unicorn wants everyone to notice him. Things go south when everyone is far more interested in rubber bands in the shape of other things (ah, I remember those days. That fad lasted sooooo long). So Unicorn decides to make a nuisance of himself to gain everyone's attention and affection to the dismay of his friend goat. He gets a rainbow wig, hair extensions, and even Go-go boots. In the end, Unicorn finds that his friends still like him and want to hang out but it doesn't have to be all about him.
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  • Pam
    January 1, 1970
    Unicorn is back and upset that he's not the center of attention as the school year begins. He makes several choices to draw attention to himself and none of them work. He discovers his friends like him just as he is.I like Shea's work but the unicorn series is a miss for me with the content. Illustrations are incredibly detailed and the aside comments are hilarious.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    Bob Shea is so funny and creative! (He even pokes fun at himself in this sequel.) Unicorn is back, and is Fabulous! Magical! Amazing! Dressing up in go-go boots and glitter, the others find Unicorn “Not that great after all.”Read this aloud and spend time looking through the illustrations for belly laughs that won’t stop. (I’m giggling as I write this!)
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  • Angie
    January 1, 1970
    Hmmm. I preordered this months ago because I loved the first one so much.I am sorry to say ... I sort of wish I hadn't bothered. :/Didn't know it was a back to school story. So I guess I may end up using it. If kids can get the sort of obtuse lesson of "even when you are annoying real friends stand by you." But it's not nearly as fun as the first one. Sad.
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  • Maryanne
    January 1, 1970
    While a big fan of the original Unicorn book and Bob Shea in general - I had low expectations for this follow-up. It's actually a lot more charming than I would have thought - and a good back to school storytime choice for older readers.
  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this more than I thought I would. It's not amazing, but it's your typical Bob Shea weirdness that kind of either works for you or doesn't. My favorite part was: You've been super-annoying, for sure, but you're still our friend. Hilariously wise words.
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  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    A bit disappointing, since I loved the first Unicorn book and generally Bob Shea always. But this one seemed super scattered. I would have trouble sharing it with a storytime group - I thought the story was hard to follow and there were tons of asides that felt shoehorned.
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  • Emmanuel
    January 1, 1970
    This book is very interesting. I’m not so sure what the significance of a unicorn is. The only visual I was able to generate was “My little pony” television show. I know the rainbow is associated with the LGBT community, but I don’t know if this is relevant.
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  • Alison N
    January 1, 1970
    What's a unicorn to do when he wants to make a big splash but doesn't get the attention he expected? Maybe try EVEN HARDER? But... could that backfire? Find out in this delightful sequel where our pal learns an important lesson.
  • Victoria M
    January 1, 1970
    I don't understand what I just attempted to read. Way too much distracting text and colors.
  • Roseann Podias
    January 1, 1970
    An over confident, over enthusiastic unicorn, what's not to love.
  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    Wow, I actually didn't like this. Yep, that shocked me too. I usually adore Bob Shea.
  • Sasha
    January 1, 1970
    First question: Why? Second question: Is it because you hate me?Third question: this is not a question. This book is a big no.
  • Colleen
    January 1, 1970
    3.5
  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    Has Unicorn lost his sparkle? How can he win over his friends who are obsessed by the latest rubber band craze and regain his place as Most Special Thing?
  • Michele Knott
    January 1, 1970
    Missing the charm of the first one but still has a good lesson to learn.
  • Kirsti
    January 1, 1970
    Oh, how I laughed. The subplot with the rubber bands is a riot. The overall message about friends putting up with one another is fine too.
  • Kate Foran
    January 1, 1970
    A little too long and not as endearing/funny as I expected it to be.Still, it’s cute and colorful and has beloved Bob Shea characters. Worth it for fans.
  • Ruth Anne
    January 1, 1970
    A fun story about Unicorn and his faithful friends.
  • kim
    January 1, 1970
    older kiddos would find it really funny
  • Kaitlyn
    January 1, 1970
    This book is best when you're running on zero hours of sleep and do all the voices, LOL. I love the unicorn books.
  • Austin Gullett
    January 1, 1970
    Like a lot of cartoons these days, this is very high energy, with an elevated sense of humor. Kids respond well to it; I found it a little busy to look at, but maybe that will just mean that a young reader will spend more time with it.
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