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A Unicorn Named

Sparkle's First Christmas

It's Sparkle's first Christmas and Lucy is showing him how to celebrate. Make a snowman. Check. Make a unicorn snowman. Check. Hang stockings, make cookies, and, of course—buy presents! (But don't eat them.) Check. In pure Sparkle fashion, nothing goes as planned, but Lucy ends up learning that love— not presents— is what Christmas is all about. Read reviews.

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A Unicorn Named Sparkle

When Lucy sees an ad in the newspaper for a unicorn, she sends in her twenty-five cents and waits four to six long weeks for her very own unicorn to arrive. She imagines the flowers that she'll braid into his beautiful pink mane, and she even picks the perfect name for him: Sparkle. But when Sparkle arrives, his ears are too long, his horn is too short, he smells funny — and oh, he has fleas. Lucy isn't pleased, but in the end she warms up to Sparkle and realizes that even though he wasn't exactly the unicorn she wanted, he might be just the one she needs. Read reviews.

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A New Friend for Sparkle

A picture book starring Sparkle and Lucy about what happens when your best friend makes a new pal.

In A Unicorn Named Sparkle, Lucy found out that the unicorn she thought she didn't want was the exact right unicorn for her. In this new story, Lucy makes a new friend and Sparkle is worried that means she doesn't care about him anymore. What happens when two's company but three's a crowd? Read reviews.

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Awards, Reviews and Notable Mentions

A Unicorn Named Sparkle's First Christmas

"The joy of giving permeates Lucy’s first Christmas with her unicorn in this series third after A New Friend for Sparkle (2017). Sparkle is back and is still more goat-like than equine, but little Lucy thinks he’s just perfect. She’s excited to teach him all about Christmas and explains that “best of all, it means Christmas PRESENTS! Lots and lots of PRESENTS!” Lucy gives Sparkle an allowance and her wish list so he can get gifts for her, and then she heads off to buy him presents. Readers are privy to the little unicorn’s failure to follow through on the task and then to how Lucy tirelessly gives him the benefit of the doubt. But when Sparkle knocks over the Christmas tree and eats the stockings, Lucy loses her temper. Her outburst makes Sparkle cry “big, magical rainbow unicorn tears.” Lucy feels terrible and apologizes, acknowledging that Sparkle “didn’t mean to hurt [her] feelings.” And then, lo and behold, there is a gift under the tree from Sparkle—a tiny golden box that on a wordless spread opens to release a rainbow and a flight of butterflies, birds, and (of course) sparkles and hearts. Readers will flip back to the vignettes that depict Sparkle failing to shop and reassess their lack of faith. Lucy is a little girl of color with light brown skin and springy black hair." – Kirkus Reviews, September 2018

"In Sparkle’s third book, the “unicorn” is getting ready for Christmas under the tutelage of Lucy, a vivacious girl with wiry black curls. Actually, Sparkle is eating the Christmas preparations because, despite his unicorn horn (it resembles a cone-shaped birthday hat), there’s a good chance he’s actually a goat. Lucy gets Sparkle presents at “the unicorn store,” but Lucy is disappointed to find no gift from Sparkle on Christmas morning, and he eats the stockings and pulls down the Christmas tree. After shouting and tears, it turns out Sparkle did get her a gift, and it’s the most magical of all. The relationship between Sparkle and Lucy remains perfectly enchanting. Ages 2–6." Publishers Weekly, September 2018

A Unicorn Named Sparkle

"The pencil, pen, and watercolor illustrations, done in a simple, loose style, offer expressive, playful character poses. And Young hits all the visual beats, creating something likable and appealing... A tale about coming to love someone―or something―for who they are and not what one hopes them to be: a pleasant addition to the odd-couple shelf."  – Kirkus Reviews, September 2018

“She had to admit: sometimes he made her smile and sometimes he made her laugh,” writes Young (Don’t Eat the Baby!), whose storytelling and watercolor cartooning are spot-on in their comic timing. Her message to readers is clear: self-awareness and finding a soul mate don’t always come easily." Publishers Weekly, September 2018

The Children’s Book Review: Best New Kids Books | July 2016

Featured in The Children’s Book Review column “Inside the Studio,” July 31, 2016 

School Library Journal list of “June 2016 Popular Picks” in the picture book category

Amazon July Best Books of the Month

Featured on Mr. Schu Reads

Indie Bookstore top ten list

A New Friend for Sparkle

"Appealing illustrations, done in pen with pastel washes of color, are warm and inviting... A lively tale about the changing dynamics of friendship." – Kirkus Reviews, September 2018

"Sparkle and Lucy’s second outing is every bit as sweetly appealing as their first (A Unicorn Named Sparkle)...Tykes who’ve had their own troubles trying to turn duos into trios will see the full range of their emotions depicted while learning that sharing what we love doesn’t necessarily mean giving it away." ― Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

American Booksellers Association Summer 2017 Kids' Indie Next list

Other Books Written and Illustrated by Amy

Don't Eat the Baby!
What Makes You Happy?
The Mud Fairy
Belinda Begins Ballet
Belinda the Ballerina
Belinda in Paris
Belinda and the Glass Slipper
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