I'm a Unicorn (Hardcover)

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Helen Yoon captures the apprehension that comes with being unique in this utterly charming illustrated tale. Our narrator has one horn, which, as we all know, is the number one sign of being a unicorn. However, they lack certain other unicorn qualities (smelling of peaches, crying lollipop tears, and pooping rainbows, to name a  few), which makes them start to doubt, until an actual unicorn provides a perspective check. Silly rainbow poop aside, this affirming book offers a genuine celebration of identity and self-confidence.-Holly

— From Fall Booknotes 2022


What happens when a one-horned calf with impeccable logic is convinced they’re a unicorn? Helen Yoon spins an endearing comedy of self-determination for gigglers everywhere.

“See?” cries the calf. “Uni means one, and corn means horn!” Even their baby picture proves it: they were born with one horn! But as the eager little calf continues their research, a budding identity crisis arises when they realize they don’t quite check all the boxes—should a certain lack of moonlight sparkle or silky mane or rainbow poop decide the issue. Perhaps some unexpected encouragement from a pack of “real” unicorns might be just the assurance they need? Helen Yoon, the comic talent behind Sheepish (Wolf Under Cover) and the anarchic Off-Limits, returns with a clarion call for self-doubters everywhere to embrace who they are—unicorn or otherwise.

About the Author

Helen Yoon is a professional illustrator and a freelance concept designer. She attended ArtCenter College of Design and the University of California, Irvine. She is the author-illustrator of Sheepish (Wolf Under Cover), her debut picture book, and Off-Limits. Helen Yoon lives in the Los Angeles area.

Praise For…

Clever. . . [a] conversation starter on acceptance and openness.
—Kirkus Reviews

Yoon’s art is simple but effective, with the wide-eyed calf and their heavily tabbed research book set against clean white backgrounds, and when the unicorns finally make their appearance, they bring a riot of color and glitter. . . a reminder that you don’t need sparkles to be fabulous (though rainbow poop does help).
—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Just when you think all the unicorn stories have been done, Yoon comes along with this gem. . . . White-page backgrounds amplify Yoon’s simple but highly expressive and hilarious illustrations, and kids will cackle throughout Cow’s dramatic emotional journey.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781536219760
ISBN-10: 1536219762
Publisher: Candlewick
Publication Date: September 20th, 2022
Pages: 32
Language: English