The Unicorn Came to Dinner

The Unicorn Came to Dinner

3.34 (86 ratings by Goodreads)
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The unicorn smells nice, but she is very rude. She never waits for an invitation to come over - she walks right in and tracks heart-shaped hoof-prints across the carpet. She sits in Elizabeth's chair and makes a complete mess of the house. She even sleeps in Elizabeth's bed.

Unicorns aren't scared of anything, but Elizabeth is scared of lots of things, especially starting school. In a surprise ending, Elizabeth confronts her first day jitters and embraces the things she's good at. A Unicorn Came to Dinner invites parents and their kids to talk about feelings worries and anxiety - and ultimately how to be yourself.
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Product details

  • Board book | 10 pages
  • 238 x 240 x 13mm | 362g
  • New Milford, United States
  • English
  • full-color illustrations throughout
  • 1250310407
  • 9781250310408
  • 76,571

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Praise for The Unicorn Came to Dinner
Kids[will] easily understand the desire to be something strong and magical in the face of a stressful day. - the Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books Creatively integrating amusing, upbeat, and sympathetic elements, animated prose, and charming, expressive illustrations, this portrays how unfamiliar or new situations can impact children's feelings and behaviors. Entertaining and ultimately reassuring, this will likely resonate with and be appreciated by kids and their adults alike. --Booklist
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About Lauren DeStefano

Lauren DeStefano is a full-time author and professional collector of cats. She has written several young adult and middle grade novels. A Unicorn Came to Dinner is her first picture book. You can visit her at

Gaia Cornwall loves to write and illustrate for children. Her debut picture book, Jabari Jumps (Candlewick Press), was featured in People Magazine, The New York Times, was named a Charlotte Zolotow Honor Book, an Amazon Best Children's Book of the Year, and was a 2017 NPR staff pick, among other accolades. Gaia lives in Providence, Rhode Island, with her two little kiddos, one programmer husband, and two kitty kiddos. You can see more of her work at
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Rating details

86 ratings
3.34 out of 5 stars
5 8% (7)
4 33% (28)
3 45% (39)
2 13% (11)
1 1% (1)
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