PPBF: Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great

No..it can’t be! Friday already? They say time flies when you are having fun…I must be having a ball!

Well, actually, I am. Still participating in ReFoReMo which means I am reading picture books EVERY DAY! And soon to be starting another month of challenge, RhyPiBoMo. Don’t you love these acronyms? The new challenge is Angie Karcher’s Rhyming Picture Book Month.

Last year was an unbelievable success – an intensive month-long workshop of lessons, writing prompts and camaraderie. Oh, and PRIZES! There’s still time to register…just click on the link above to find out all about it.

And now it’s time for a Perfect Picture Book review and activity. And if you’d like some more wonderful picture book reviews, please hop over to Susanna Hill’s blog.

I had no problem choosing today’s Perfect Picture Book. I just asked my six-year old grandson. Ever since we got this book from the library last week, he’s requested it as a bedtime story.


Title: Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great

Written and illustrated by Bob Shea

Publisher: Disney Hyperion Books (2013)

Ages: 3-8

Themes: Getting along with others, self-esteem


Opening Lines:

Things are a lot different around here since that Unicorn moved in. I thought I was pretty cool when I rode my bike to school. Until that show-off went flying by.”


From Amazon:

Ever since Unicorn moved into the neighborhood, Goat has been feeling out of sorts. Goat thought his bike was cool-until he saw that Unicorn could fly to school! Goat made marshmallow squares that almost came out right, but Unicorn made it rain cupcakes! Unicorn is such a show-off, how can Goat compete? When Goat and Unicorn share a piece of pizza, Goat learns that being a unicorn might not be all it’s cracked up to be. And when Unicorn shows his admiration for Goat, it looks like the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”


Why I like this book:

  • Simply wonderful text matched perfectly with hilarious illustrations
  • Appeals to a child’s sense of humor
  • Addresses fears kids have that they will be outshone by others or are not good enough
  • Helps kids see how respecting the efforts of others is a great way to build friendships


How a parent can use this book:

  • Wonderful read aloud
  • Great book for kids who are having a problem appreciating themselves or others
  • Talk about how to be a good friend – what are the qualities we want in a friend…those are the same qualities a friend wants in us



Related Activity:


Unicorn was able to make it rain cupcakes. That would be fun. What other things would make for a fun-filled cloudburst?

You will need: Paper, crayons or markers, optional – scissors, glue

  1. Talk to your child about the different things that might rain – and why some of those things might cause problems. Cupcakes might be cool for a while. Pianos or rocks would not! Have fun with this activity!
  2. Draw a picture of your special rainfall.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend! Spring is finally here – and I see the snow melting and hear the birds singing – hurray!

About viviankirkfield

Writer for children - Reader forever Mom of 3, educator, author of FOUR OTTERS TOBOGGAN: AN ANIMAL COUNTING BOOK (Pomegranate Press, 2019), PIPPA'S PASSOVER PLATE (Holiday House, 2019), FROM HERE TO THERE: INVENTIONS THAT CHANGED THE WAY WE MOVE (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019), SWEET DREAMS, SARAH (Creston Books, 2019), picture book junkie, lover of travel, hiking, fly-fishing, cooking, and playing Monopoly with my 9-year old grandson.

Posted on March 27, 2015, in Perfect Picture Book Friday and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. We’ve got this book it’s fabulous! Good luck with ReFoReMo


  2. Sounds like you like it as much as your grandson, Vivian! I Love your activities and resources.

    I think disney likes to teach lessons to kids using animals, don’t you? And it is so effective. Not like a lesson at all. Which is why kids go for it.

    Thanks for introducing this book to us, Vivian. I”m getting this one out of our library today. 🙂


  3. This story has such a great theme. Great book to share with children at home or school. Love your activity for a cloudburst.


  4. This is one of my favorites too! I think I’d like a squall of Hershey’s kisses right about now. 🙂


  5. Great pick, Vivian. Since it rains so seldom here, as you well know, I love to watch kids’ react to it!!


  6. I loved this book – and goat is such a character!


  7. Thanks for sharing. Added to my to-read list. I love a book that shows kids how to get along.


  8. I loved the humor in this book! Great pick, Vivian!


  9. This reminds me that I MUST get this book! 😀


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