Aaron Blabey is everywhere at the moment. He released at least seven books that I know of last year alone, and there are more on the way. It would almost be too much, if they weren't all fabulous. Thelma the Unicorn is especially fabulous.
Thelma is really a shaggy pony, but she dreams of being glamorous and special.
She doesn't want to be outdone by pretty fillies in the field, she dreams of being a unicorn.
Thelma felt a little sad.
In fact, she felt forlorn.
You see, she wished with all her heart
to be a unicorn.
And in a miracle of transformation just a carrot and truck full of paint and glitter later- Thelma is a unicorn.
But being a glamorous, sparkly unicorn is not all it's cracked up to be. What with continual stalking by fans and papparazi Thelma can't get a minutes peace.
Younger children may not notice the strong message of self-acceptance, the references to celebrity culture and chasing fame, but parents sure will in this cautionary, be-careful-what-you-wish-for tale.
My copy recommends Thelma for primary school age children. Which is rather bizarre- Thelma is perfect for preschool kids as a read out loud book and kids need to hear her message from a very early age.
You can see Aaron give an enthusiastic reading of Thelma here.