Sugarlump and the Unicorn / Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks
(Macmillan Children’s Books, 2013)
I asked my daughter to choose a book to review this week, and she went straight for this one.
I should have known. A rocking horse! A unicorn! Swirly writing! And glitter! On EVERY page! It was like everything she’s ever loved in books rolled into one volume.
But one look at the author, and I was glad she went for it.
As with all Julia Donaldson stories, Sugarlump and the Unicorn is solid. The rhymes work and the rhythm works. And despite Donaldson’s insistence that she never sets out to write books with lessons in them, there is a strong ‘grass is greener’ combined with ‘don’t despair’ message in this one.
Sugarlump is a rocking horse who loves rocking the children to and fro. But when they leave the house for the day, he gets lonely, and wishes he was a different kind of horse.
The unicorn grants his wish, and continues to grant his wishes as the story continues. And when Sugarlump gives up, she makes a wish for him.
Have you read Sugarlump and the Unicorn? What did you think?
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