The Teeny-Weeny Unicorn

Shawn Harris

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Book cover for The Teeny-Weeny Unicorn
Book cover for The Teeny-Weeny Unicorn
Book cover for The Teeny-Weeny Unicorn

The Teeny-Weeny Unicorn

The Teeny-Weeny Unicorn

Shawn Harris

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Meet this pint-sized unicorn in this funny, modern fairy tale about perception and self-confidence from a Caldecott-Honor winning creator.

Once upon a time, in a land where horses were mythical beasts, there lived a unicorn--a Teeny-Weeny Unicorn. He lived with his family in a palace--one that was extra-large for him, full of extra-large rugs and extra-large food. And when his brother and sister played chess, they used him in place of a pawn.

When it's just too much to take, Teeny-Weeny Unicorn runs away--and has a chance encounter with a salty gnome. It's then that he suddenly starts to wonder... IS he teeny weeny? Or is he just the right size?

Every kid will relate to Teeny-Weeny Unicorn, as he figures out how to live in a world not made for his stature. With wit and charm, as well as delightful illustrations, Shawn Harris creates a modern classic made for sharing--be it at bedtime or on a story time rug.

About the Author

Shawn Harris is an award-winning creator of books for kids. His authorial debut, Have You Ever Seen A Flower, was called a "stunning tour de force..." by The New York Times, and was the recipient of a Caldecott Honor. The National Museum of Wildlife Art awarded Shawn's cut-paper art in A Polar Bear in the Snow (by Mac Barnett) the Bull-Bransom Award for excellence in the field of children's book illustration with a focus on nature and wildlife. Harris has illustrated a number of other books, including Her Right Foot by Dave Eggers, and Everyone's Awake by Colin Meloy. Shawn lives in Northern California, where he also likes to write songs, surf, and play racquetball.

Critical Reviews

★ "At last! A unicorn book as charming as the species it highlights." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

★ "A delightful, buoying romp." --Booklist, starred review

"Sly wit, distinctive characterizations, and a free hand with fairy tale elements fuel this unbridled exploration of relative influence and size." --Publishers Weekly

"The playful, dry tone and folkloric lesson could lend well to a felt-board performance." --The Bulletin

"This original take on unicorn life and troubles encourages a wry grin on every page." --The Horn Book

Publishing Information

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Pub date: 2024-02-06
Length: 48 pages
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