Unicorn Is Maybe Not So Great After All by Bob Shea

Unicorn Is Maybe Not So Great After All

You remember Unicorn. You know, Goat's friend? The one who can fly, make it rain cupcakes, and turn things into gold? On the first day of school, Unicorn expects to make his usual big splash. But no one pays him much attention--the other kids are much more interested in the latest trend in toys: rubber bands that look like other things. Unicorn comes up with a plan to get his mojo back, but his efforts turn out to be more annoying than impressive...

Details Unicorn Is Maybe Not So Great After All

TitleUnicorn Is Maybe Not So Great After All
Release DateJul 9th, 2019
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Fantasy, Unicorns, Academic, School, Humor

Reviews Unicorn Is Maybe Not So Great After All

  • Mischenko
    Beautiful illustrations, but the story is all over the place and confusing. I normally don't rate children's books this low, but this is one neither my daughter or I enjoyed. Give it a try and see what you think.
  • Ireadkidsbooks
    This was a hot mess. The only thing I liked about this follow-up was the end papers (they'd be adorable as wrapping paper). And the spread where Unicorn has big bags under his eyes, because that's how I feel most days.The first book was so good, but this was visually cluttered and frenetic. Skip it.
  • Melissa Flanagin
    It's not surprising to me that I enjoyed this. Number 1 reason being I LOVED the first one Unicorn Think's He's Pretty Great and number 2 I just love everything Bob Shea writes. They are some of the best picture books today. They are always my go to books for story times. The pictures I so vibrate and eye catching and the story line is always clever and fun and keep the kids rolling on the floor laughing.
  • Ashton
    Blast to the Past with SILLY BANDS!
  • Emily
    Wow, I actually didn't like this. Yep, that shocked me too. I usually adore Bob Shea.
  • Erin Gunderson
    Bob Shea books are usually a solid for me, but this one was a real disappointment, especially compared to Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great whihc is one of my all time favorites. There are too few unicorn books that have a good story, aren't too wordy, and make good read-alouds for preschoolers. For me, I thought the story in Unicorn Is Maybe Not So Great After All was lacking some of charm of the first book. Perhaps part of that is because goat i...
  • Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
    Unicorn: Is Maybe Not So Great After All by Bob Shea. PICTURE BOOK. Disney, JULY 2019. $18. 9781368009447BUYING ADVISORY: Pre-K, EL (K-3) - ESSENTIALAUDIENCE APPEAL: HIGHWhen the kids at school get distracted by a new toy, Unicorn decides to be extra-sparkly-magical to get their attention back. Unfortunately it backfires.Unicorn is super silly and also irritating in this long-awaited follow-up. Makes for a great read aloud and a possible discussi...
  • Sarah T.
    I LOVE Bob Shea's stuff and I love the Unicorn books but man, I have to agree with the other folks who felt this one was a hot mess and all over the place. I would LIKE to still try it for storytime to see what kids think of it, but the illustrations really are all over the place. I get the message about just be yourself, don't worry about being the popular kid, your friends will still be your friends etc.It just felt like... it was a kids book d...
  • Emily
    A book about trying too hard. It is the first day of school and Unicorn wants everyone to notice him. Things go south when everyone is far more interested in rubber bands in the shape of other things (ah, I remember those days. That fad lasted sooooo long). So Unicorn decides to make a nuisance of himself to gain everyone's attention and affection to the dismay of his friend goat. He gets a rainbow wig, hair extensions, and even Go-go boots. In t...
  • Raven Black
    Not sure how this compares to the first one as I have not read it. This time Unicorn is jealous of the new "hot thing" (rubber bands looking like other things: a soccer ball, wagon wheel, port holes...) and tries to make a new an improved Unicorn. Of course, the plan backfires with a face full of glitter. But Unicorn's friends show them what really is important. The abstractness of the illustrations are awkward for me, but there are a few hidden ...
  • Juliana Lee
    Wild illustrations and disjointed text make it hard to follow the story line. Basically, Unicorn is overly confident about his unique specialness. In order to prove his remarkableness to his friends, he goes overboard with the glitter, rainbows, and sparkles. He becomes so irritating, no one wanted him around. The next day, Unicorn stays home in a funk and his friends come to find out if he is okay. They explain that he was super-annoying but he'...
  • Amy
    Bob Shea is not my favorite author but we checked this out because my 5-year old LOVES unicorns. While we thought the illustrations were fun, I just didn't love the story. I feel like his writing is very stylized in a voice that may appeal to certain individuals but usually not to a broad audience.
  • Anna
    I wasn't a fan of this book. The unicorn is super obnoxious and annoying. I feel like the unicorn didn't really learn its lesson on how to be a good friend to everyone and how to act at school. I enjoyed the details in the illustrations though, especially the "Bob Shea" poster at school. That made me chuckle. I love little details like that in books.
  • Jennifer
    Bob Shea is so funny and creative! (He even pokes fun at himself in this sequel.) Unicorn is back, and is Fabulous! Magical! Amazing! Dressing up in go-go boots and glitter, the others find Unicorn “Not that great after all.”Read this aloud and spend time looking through the illustrations for belly laughs that won’t stop. (I’m giggling as I write this!)
  • Pam
    Unicorn is back and upset that he's not the center of attention as the school year begins. He makes several choices to draw attention to himself and none of them work. He discovers his friends like him just as he is.I like Shea's work but the unicorn series is a miss for me with the content. Illustrations are incredibly detailed and the aside comments are hilarious.
  • Angie
    Hmmm. I preordered this months ago because I loved the first one so much.I am sorry to say ... I sort of wish I hadn't bothered. :/Didn't know it was a back to school story. So I guess I may end up using it. If kids can get the sort of obtuse lesson of "even when you are annoying real friends stand by you." But it's not nearly as fun as the first one. Sad.
  • Kayla
    Unicorn is back—and unfortunately trying too hard, which results in a confusing mess. And that’s exactly what this story is. Makes me sad, as my kids and I are huge fans of Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great, and Bob Shea in general.
  • Alison N
    What's a unicorn to do when he wants to make a big splash but doesn't get the attention he expected? Maybe try EVEN HARDER? But... could that backfire? Find out in this delightful sequel where our pal learns an important lesson.
  • Maryanne
    While a big fan of the original Unicorn book and Bob Shea in general - I had low expectations for this follow-up. It's actually a lot more charming than I would have thought - and a good back to school storytime choice for older readers.
  • Kelly
    I love Bob Shea's work. I did not like this book. I gave it an extra star for color, but the text and story were all over the map and very confusing. The entire book, illustrations and text, felt frenetic, and I actually got a little tense trying to read it.
  • Becky
    I enjoyed this more than I thought I would. It's not amazing, but it's your typical Bob Shea weirdness that kind of either works for you or doesn't. My favorite part was: You've been super-annoying, for sure, but you're still our friend. Hilariously wise words.
  • Emily
    A bit disappointing, since I loved the first Unicorn book and generally Bob Shea always. But this one seemed super scattered. I would have trouble sharing it with a storytime group - I thought the story was hard to follow and there were tons of asides that felt shoehorned.
  • Erin
    Unicorn thinks he's amazing!! But when he gets to school, everyone thinks he's completely normal instead of super stellar. Unicorn decides to give himself a makeover and makes everything go wrong. :( But he still has friends who love him!Good for preschool or older kid storytimes.
    This book is very interesting. I’m not so sure what the significance of a unicorn is. The only visual I was able to generate was “My little pony” television show. I know the rainbow is associated with the LGBT community, but I don’t know if this is relevant.
  • Amanda
    The latest! greatest! thing has come out and it's NOT you...bum bum bum. How to handle it? What if you can't cope? Poor Unicorn! Good thing he has good friends to help him figure things out. Once again, Shea has handled a touchy subject in a super-fun way.
  • Ashlin Edmisten
    Aww. When folks aren't super-excited about Unicorn's first day back at school (it's everyone else's first day too) he gets a little insecure and overcompensates. But friends like Goat will surely bring reality back, right? Riiiight?
  • Kaitlyn
    This book is best when you're running on zero hours of sleep and do all the voices, LOL. I love the unicorn books.
  • Roseann Podias
    An over confident, over enthusiastic unicorn, what's not to love.
  • Kate Foran
    A little too long and not as endearing/funny as I expected it to be.Still, it’s cute and colorful and has beloved Bob Shea characters. Worth it for fans.
  • kim
    older kiddos would find it really funny