Tackling the theme of childhood disability and play with humour and warmth… and unicorns.
Frankie and her sister are unicorn mad! Today, they're playing their favourite unicorn game, but when their bossy friend Ada arrives with her brother to play, she takes over the game, and takes over the wheelchair - putting them all in unicorn prison! After all, they've been bad unicorns, haven't they?
Roald Dahl Funny Prize winner Rebecca Patterson deftly handles the subject of childhood play and disability from her own personal experience of growing up with a disabled sister.
Rebecca Patterson grew up in Bolton, and studied fashion due to a love of illustration. After graduating, she worked at an assortment of jobs, including being a classroom assistant in a primary school. Once her own children had started school, Rebecca began an MA in Children's Book Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art and had her first picture books commissioned at the end of the course. Rebecca's work is inspired by her own childhood and her children's lives. She is the 2012 winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize. She lives in Cambridge.
Everything unicorn is added to this charming story. Bright colour filled illustrations will draw in the readers and they will get a thrill from seeing so many unicorns on the pages and the things associated with them, but also get the message about playing together, about sharing ideas, giving and taking, about friendship.
Nobody captures young children’s body language and expressions better than Roald Dahl Funny Prizewinning author, Rebecca Patterson… a really positive depiction of sibling love and, most importantly, portraying a disabled central character full of agency and fun.
Great fun with its diverse cast of characters and a comic-style approach
Books for Keeps
Patterson’s wash-filled line drawings accurately channel childhood exuberance, energy—and happily focused