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Unicorn in New York: Louie Lets Loose! Paperback – 4 Feb 2016
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'A quirky and fun story for those just moving on from traditional picture books' (TheBookBag blog)
'terrifically funny and wonderfully absurd' (Alex Milway, This Book is Funny)
'a laugh-out loud gem ... Read it and giggle' (Minerva Reads blog)
'This is a very funny story with the 'feel good' factor introducing a really likeable title character.' (Primary Times)
'Original, witty, and plenty of humour... a great read.' (My Book Corner)
'A nice book for confident readers in KS1' (The School Librarian)
Everyone dreams of fame, even unicorns.
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Eight year old daughters review:
There were too many characters for this short story, there was a lot going on in one book! I like it because it was very interesting, there are also lots of funny parts! Its about a unicorn called Louie and his dream is to go to New York so he goes to New York and goes to the school of performing arts! I didn't give it 5 stars because at the end of the book there were no pictures but in the first 2 chapters there where loads of pictures! I really like it and I've put a photo in as well of the book.
He is a very positive, upbeat character who doesn't see the bad in people and events, only the good and he always turns a bad situation into a positive one by being kind and friendly and helpful.
Louis decides he wants to go to stage school in New York and he come up against some challenges, mostly from another unicorn called Arnie, who doesn't want another unicorn to steal his limelight. Louis wins the day in the end though, by being far nicer and more naturally a 'sparkly, twinkly' character.
The book is very different to any others that I've seen because it's got line drawings of Louis and his friends throughout, but often they are drawn over the top of actual photos of New York, so it mixes real world with fantasy, and it's works very well. And throughout the book, the text is a mixture of typed font and hand drawn words, which are bigger, often with starbursts or thought bubbles around them, especially where there is particular emphasis on something. It makes reading the story a lot of fun.
I really liked this story and the graphics. 5 stars.
The story follows the incredibly lovable unicorn Louie, who sets off from his home in Story Land to the New York School of Performing Arts where he hopes to become a star! Once there, he meets his human schoolmates and some fellow fantasy-character roommates - a mermaid, a troll and a faun - as well as the unfriendly Archie the unicorn, who's not ready for another unicorn to steal his limelight. Louie also finds the best cupcake shop in the world!
This is a lovely tale of building new friendships, helping others and eating lots of cake along the way. It's really heartwarming because Louie has such an innocent, optimistic outlook on everything which is really inspiring. It's also a very funny book, including a bit of toilet humour that will appeal to the youngest readers/listeners, and some more grown-up humour. There is a lot of irony used in the story as Louie interprets the unfriendly actions of others as being kind and welcoming. Older children and adults should find this really amusing, and I laughed throughout the book!
I think this is a great little story and I'm sure Louie will have lots of fans in no time. I'll be looking out for the others in the series!
This is a fun book, with a modern feel, which will appeal to both boys and girls. As well as Louie, there are also some other Story Land characters – including a faun, a troll and a mermaid. Louie’s naïve misunderstanding of situations will make you smile, although the story felt a little like an introduction to a series which may take time to get going, rather than a complete story. I would say it is pitched at about 7 – 9 years old and I will be interested to see how the books develop.
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