Pretty Perfect Kitty-corn by Shannon Hale, illustrated by LeUyen Pham

Published by Harry N. Abrams

Summary:  “Unicorn is perfect.  Everybody thinks so.’’ His best friend Kitty-Corn agrees and decides to paint his picture.  Unicorn stands like a statue, “the way everyone thinks he should,” but Kitty-Corn feels like something is missing.  Unicorn tries a variety of poses, but nothing is quite right until finally, “That’s it! It’s perfect!” exclaims Kitty-Corn.  When Unicorn takes a look, he’s horrified to see that he has apparently sat in some paint and has been painted with paint bum.  Worried that Kitty-Corn won’t want to be his friend if he’s not perfect, Unicorn sits in a corner feeling like a big, ugly goof.  Kitty-Corn assures Unicorn that she likes him the way he is, then proceeds to sit in some paint herself, and the two friends enjoy a messy romp together.  48 pages; ages 4-8.

Pros:  With its purple, pink, and glitter cover portraying a unicorn and kitty, this book will sell itself, AND it has an excellent message about friendship and self-acceptance.

Cons:  I felt like the title should have been Pretty Perfect Unicorn.

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