Oscar the Hungry Unicorn by Lou Carter
Oscar the Unicorn has eaten his stable and needs to find somewhere to live. Not easy if you're a unicorn that eats everything in sight. No one wants him around; not the pirates or the fairies or the dragons. Will Oscar every find a place to call home? Well, it just so happens that Princess Oola has been searching for a unicorn for ever.
This funny tale of friendship and belonging is a simple, yet delightful, story. Oscar is a unicorn like no other, which is a nice play on cliche. It's a simple twist that even the youngest unicorn lovers will find hilarious.
Oscar The Unicorn is a fun, whimsical story that challenges conventions. There's no sweet demure unicorn here.
The illustrations, by Nikki Dyson, are bold and colourful, simple yet detailed. Almost graphic comic in style, they will capture your attention. Little details are hidden throughout the book, from cover to cover, which add to the fun. A sparkly glittery cover adds to the stereotype, which is promptly flipped inside.
Author, Lou Carter, was a primary school teacher before turning her hand to writing picture books. She is the author of Pirate Stew, as well as the award-winning There Is No Dragon In This Story.
Her career in teaching is evident - Oscar is a wonderful book to read aloud. She knows exactly how to pitch a joke to her audience, while keeping them engaged and enthralled.
After just a few readings, my four-year-old was able to retell the story in her own way, yet still incredibly accurate. This is testament to both the simple engaging story, and the wonderful illustrations.
A lovely little surprise of a book, Oscar The Hungry Unicorn is sure to delight.
Reviewer: Rebekah Fraser
Hachette, RRP $19.99