Published by Doubleday Books for Young Readers
Summary: Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about unicorns is presented in the style of a nonfiction science book. Their scientific name is Betterthan horsicus, they weigh 40,000 gummy bears, and they poop cupcakes–which is why you’ll never see a unicorn at a bake sale. In fact, it’s pretty rare to see one anywhere, because unicorns are masters of disguise. Readers get a few challenges to see if they can spot the unicorn in different illustrations. They’ll also learn some unicorn history, different types of unicorns, and what the horn is made of (50% magic, 45% mystery, and 5% sugar). The reward comes on the last page, with the Unicornius Scientificus Diploma, showing complete knowledge of unicorn science. 32 pages; ages 4-8.
Pros: Any unicorn fan will love getting a chance to learn more about this magical creature. The illustrations are colorful and eye-poppingly busy. There’s plenty of humor in both the text and pictures. This could be a great writing prompt for kids to create their own “scientific” descriptions of other mythological animals.
Cons: Although this could be a good way to introduce nonfiction text features, it could be confusing to kids trying to sort out the differences between fiction and nonfiction.